Definition of best verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

best

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//best//
 
; NAmE NAmE//best//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they best
BrE BrE//best//
 
; NAmE NAmE//best//
 
he / she / it bests
BrE BrE//bests//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bests//
 
past simple bested
BrE BrE//ˈbestɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbestɪd//
 
past participle bested
BrE BrE//ˈbestɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbestɪd//
 
-ing form besting
BrE BrE//ˈbestɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbestɪŋ//
 
 
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[usually passive] best somebody (formal) to defeat or be more successful than somebody He was determined not to be bested by his old rival. A great colonial power was nearly bested by a few farmers. Word Origin Old English betest (adjective), betost, betst (adverb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German best, also to better.
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