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Best

[best] /bɛst/
noun
1.
Charles Herbert, 1899–1978, Canadian physiologist, born in the U.S.: one of the discoverers of insulin.
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British Dictionary definitions for c best

best

/bɛst/
adjective
1.
the superlative of good
2.
most excellent of a particular group, category, etc
3.
most suitable, advantageous, desirable, attractive, etc
4.
the best part of, most of the best part of an hour
5.
put one's best foot forward
  1. to do one's utmost to make progress
  2. to hurry
adverb
6.
the superlative of well1
7.
in a manner surpassing all others; most excellently, advantageously, attractively, etc
8.
(in combination) in or to the greatest degree or extent; most the best-loved hero
9.
as best one can, as best one may, as effectively as possible within one's limitations
10.
had best, would be wise, sensible, etc, to you had best go now
noun
11.
the best, the most outstanding or excellent person, thing, or group in a category
12.
(often preceded by at) the most excellent, pleasing, or skilled quality or condition journalism at its best
13.
the most effective effort of which a person or group is capable even their best was inadequate
14.
a winning majority the best of three games
15.
Also all the best. best wishes she sent him her best
16.
a person's smartest outfit of clothing
17.
at best
  1. in the most favourable interpretation
  2. under the most favourable conditions
18.
for the best
  1. for an ultimately good outcome
  2. with good intentions he meant it for the best
19.
get the best of, have the best of, to surpass, defeat, or outwit; better
20.
give someone the best, to concede someone's superiority
21.
make the best of, to cope as well as possible in the unfavourable circumstances of (often in the phrases make the best of a bad job, make the best of it)
22.
(informal) six of the best, six strokes with a cane on the buttocks or hand
verb
23.
(transitive) to gain the advantage over or defeat
Word Origin
Old English betst; related to Gothic batista, Old High German bezzist

Best

/bɛst/
noun
1.
Charles Herbert. 1899–1978, Canadian physiologist: associated with Banting and Macleod in their discovery of insulin in 1922
2.
George. 1946–2005, Northern Ireland footballer
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Word Origin and History for c best
best
O.E., reduced by assimilation of -t- from earlier O.E. betst "best, first, in the best manner," originally superlative of bot "remedy, reparation," the root word now only surviving in to boot (see boot (2)), though its comparative, better, and superlative, best, transferred to good (and in some cases well). From P.Gmc. root *bat-, with comp. *batizon and superl. *batistaz. The verb "to get the better of" is from 1863. Best-seller is from 1889; best friend was in Chaucer (late 14c.). Best girl is first attested 1887 in a Texas context; best man is 1814, originally Scottish, replacing groomsman.
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c best in Medicine

Best (běst), Charles Herbert. 1899-1978.

American-born Canadian physiologist noted for the discovery and successful clinical application of insulin.

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c best in Science
Best
  (běst)   
American-born Canadian physiologist who assisted Frederick Banting in the discovery of the hormone insulin. In acknowledgment of his work, Banting shared his portion of the 1923 Nobel Prize with Best. In addition to further refining the use of insulin, Best later discovered the vitamin choline and the enzyme histaminase, which breaks down histamine.
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