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noun     best pronunciation in British English
  1. the best

    the person or thing that is the most satisfactory, suitable, pleasant, effective, of the highest quality etc

    I want the very best for my family.

    best of:

    If you go to Ireland in June, you should have the best of the weather.

    the best of everything (=all the most expensive things):

    She’s a city lawyer, so she can afford the best of everything.

    1. a.
      the person who is the most skilful at doing something

      Of all the team, she’s the best by far.

      simply/absolutely the best:

      In the world of ballet she was quite simply the best.

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