utmost

  • 1 Utmost — Ut most , a. [OE. utmeste, utemest, AS. ?temest, a superlative fr. ?te out. ????. See {Out}, and cf. {Aftermost}, {Outmost}, {Uttermost}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Situated at the farthest point or extremity; farthest out; most distant; extreme; as, the …

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  • 2 Utmost — Ut most , n. The most that can be; the farthest limit; the greatest power, degree, or effort; as, he has done his utmost; try your utmost. [1913 Webster] We have tried the utmost of our friends. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 3 utmost — I adjective extreme, furthest, greatest, highest, maximal, maximum, most, superlative, supreme associated concepts: utmost care II noun best, degree, extreme limit, extremity, farthest reach, furthest point, greatest amount, greatest degree,… …

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  • 4 utmost — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ most extreme; greatest. ► NOUN (the utmost) ▪ the greatest or most extreme extent or amount. ORIGIN Old English, «outermost» …

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  • 5 utmost — O.E. utmest (Anglian) outermost, double superlative of ut out (see OUT (Cf. out)) + MOST (Cf. most) …

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  • 6 utmost — [adj] extreme, maximum absolute, allout*, chief, complete, entire, exhaustive, farthest, final, full, furthermost, greatest, highest, last, last straw*, maximal, most, most distant, outermost, out of bounds*, outside, paramount, plenary,… …

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  • 7 utmost — [ut′mōst΄] adj. [ME utemest < OE utemest, ytemest, double superl. of ut, OUT] 1. situated at the farthest point or limit; most extreme or distant; farthest 2. of or to the greatest or highest degree, amount, number, etc.; greatest n. the most… …

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  • 8 utmost — [[t]ʌ̱tmoʊst[/t]] 1) ADJ: ADJ n (emphasis) You can use utmost to emphasize the importance or seriousness of something or to emphasize the way that it is done. It is a matter of the utmost urgency to find out what has happened to these people...… …

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  • 9 utmost — ut|most1 [ˈʌtməust US moust] adj also uttermost [: Old English; Origin: utmAst farthest out , from ut out ] the utmost importance/respect/care etc the greatest possible importance etc ▪ a matter of the utmost importance ▪ I ve got the utmost… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 utmost — /ut mohst / or, esp. Brit., / meuhst/, adj. 1. of the greatest or highest degree, quantity, or the like; greatest: of the utmost importance. 2. being at the farthest point or extremity; farthest: the utmost reef of the island. n. 3. Also,… …

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  • 11 utmost — 1 adjective the utmost importance/respect/care etc the greatest possible importance etc: a matter of the utmost importance 2 noun (singular) 1 the most that can be done: Both runners had pushed themselves to the utmost. 2 do your utmost to try as …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 utmost — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, alteration of utmest, from Old English ūtmest, superlative adjective, from ūt out, adverb more at out Date: before 12th century 1. situated at the farthest or most distant point ; extreme < the utmost point …

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  • 13 utmost — n. maximum effort to do one s utmost (we did our utmost to help) * * * [ ʌtməʊst] [ maximum effort ] to do one s utmost (we did our utmost to help) …

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  • 14 utmost — ut•most [[t]ˈʌtˌmoʊst[/t]] adj. 1) of the greatest or highest degree, quantity, etc.; greatest: of the utmost importance[/ex] 2) being at the farthest point or extremity; farthest 3) the greatest degree or amount: providing the utmost in… …

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  • 15 utmost — /ˈʌtmoʊst / (say utmohst) adjective 1. of the greatest or highest degree, quantity, or the like; greatest: of the utmost importance. 2. being at the farthest point or extremity; farthest: the utmost boundary of the East. –noun Also, uttermost. 3 …

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  • 16 utmost — adj. & n. furthest, extreme, or greatest (the utmost limits; showed the utmost reluctance). n. (prec. by the) the utmost point or degree etc. Phrases and idioms: do one s utmost do all that one can. Etymology: OE ut(e)mest (as OUT, MOST) …

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  • 17 utmost — [ˈʌtməʊst] adj I as much as possible We attach the utmost importance to public safety.[/ex] II noun [singular] utmost [ˈʌtməʊst] the greatest amount or degree possible • do/try your utmost (to do sth) to try as hard as possible[/ex] …

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  • 18 utmost — ut|most [ ʌt,moust ] adjective * as much as possible: used for emphasizing a quality or feeling: We attach the utmost importance to public safety. All equipment should be handled with the utmost care …

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  • 19 utmost — adjective most extreme; greatest. noun (the utmost) the greatest or most extreme extent or amount. Phrases do one s utmost do the most that one is able. Origin OE ūt(e)mest outermost (see out, most) …

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  • 20 utmost — 1. adjective a matter of the utmost importance Syn: greatest, highest, maximum, most, uttermost; extreme, supreme, paramount 2. noun a plot that stretches credulity to the utmost Syn: maximum, uttermost, limit; informal max …

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