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Definition of second best adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    second best

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  1. 1not as good as the best The two teams seemed evenly matched but in the end the Knicks were second best (= did not win). my second-best suit
  2. 2not exactly what you want; not perfect a second-best solution
second best noun [uncountable]
 
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Sometimes you have to settle for (= be content with)second best.