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    best (v)

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to help me to find a proper interpretation of the verb in bold in the following sentence?

    For once, Melanie was not smug at having bested me.

    best = overpower; be a cut above someone; gain the upper hand over

    The broker piled up money by besting his clients.

    best = to get the better of; outwit

    V.

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    Re: best (v)

    Bested works in the first sentence, but besting is not correct in the second.

    A broker is supposed to be working for his clients, not competing with them.

    A dishonest broker might cheat his clients.

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    Re: best (v)

    Hi Rover KE,

    Thank you for your correction as well as for the helpful illustrative examples.

    V.

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