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Do I have to put "the best" in this sentence: "She looks best in bright, vibrant colors, like red and pink." if not so why?

This is from the Cambridge dictionary

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  • The answer is no, you don't have to. When you ask 'why not?', it assumes there is a reason to think that you do have to. So, what is your reason?
    – legatrix
    Dec 18 '20 at 22:01
  • The would be required if you were comparing her with others, as in: She looks the best of the candidates. Dec 18 '20 at 22:55
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She looks best in bright, vibrant colors, like red and pink

means "she looks better in those colors than when wearing any other."

She looks the best in bright, vibrant colors, like red and pink

means "she is the best-looking member [of an unspecified group] while wearing those colors."

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