Utmost; highest endeavor or state; most nearly perfect thing, or being, or action; as, to do one's best; to the best of our ability. at best, in the utmost degree or extent applicable to the case; under the most favorable circumstances; as, life is at best very short. For best, finally. "Those constitutions . . . Are now established for best, and not to be mended." . To get the best of, to gain an advantage over, whether fairly or unfairly. To make the best of. To improve to the utmost; to use or dispose of to the greatest advantage. "Let there be freedom to carry their commodities where they can make the best of them." . To reduce to the least possible inconvenience; as, to make the best of ill fortune or a bad bargain.

(01 Mar 1998)