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The medicine is best taken after meals.

I think it's an adverb modifying verb, but it can be an adjective after the copula.

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    Yes, an adverb modifying the verb phrase "taken after meals".
    – BillJ
    Commented Nov 4, 2023 at 7:26

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Best is an adverb here, as Britannica explains:

2 best /ˈbɛst/ adverb superlative form of 1well 1 : in the best way : in a way that is better than all others

The sauce is best served/eaten/enjoyed cold.

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