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adverb     best pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    in the way that is most satisfactory, appropriate, pleasant, effective, successful, etc.

    The play can be best described as “a serious comedy.”

    You need to find out which program works best on your computer.

    He is the kind of musician who always performs best in front of a live audience.

    do something as best you can (=do something as well as you are able):

    I’ll try to deal with all these problems as best I can.

    suit someone best (=be most suitable for someone):

    Which color do you think suits me best?

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  2. 2
    used for saying that someone or something is liked or known more than any other
    like someone/something best:

    What kind of music do you like best?

    best known/loved:

    The Mona Lisa is probably the world’s best-known painting.

    one of Gershwin’s best loved melodies

    1. a.
      used for saying that someone or something is famous, especially in one particular way or for one particular reason
      best known/remembered for something:

      James Dean is best remembered for his star performance in Rebel without a Cause.

      The Bordeaux region is best known for its fine wines.

      best known as:

      Conan Doyle is probably best known as the creator of Sherlock Holmes.



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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