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Meaning of utmost by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Old English ut ( “out” ) + -most


    • ( UK )
      • IPA: /ˈʌtməʊst/
      • X-SAMPA: /"Vtm@Ust/
    • ( US )
      • enPR: ŭt'mōst
      • IPA: /ˈʌtmoʊst/
      • X-SAMPA: /"VtmoUst/


    utmost ( not comparable )

    1. Situated at the most distant limit; farthest
    2. The most extreme; ultimate; greatest

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    utmost ( uncountable )

    1. maximum; greatest possible amount or quantity .

Explanation of utmost by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. most remote in space or time or order

    2. the utmost tip of the peninsula
    3. highest in extent or degree

    4. of the greatest possible degree or extent or intensity

    5. utmost contempt
      to the utmost degree
    1. the greatest possible degree

    2. he tried his utmost

    Definition of utmost by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Utmost a. [OE. utmeste, utemest, AS. temest, a superlative fr. te out. See Out, and cf. Aftermost, Outmost, Uttermost.]

      1. Situated at the farthest point or extremity; farthest out; most distant; extreme; as, “the utmost limits of the land; the utmost extent of human knowledge”. Spenser.

      We coasted within two leagues of Antibes, which is the utmost town in France. Evelyn.

      Betwixt two thieves I spend my utmost breath. Herbert.

      2. Being in the greatest or highest degree, quantity, number, or the like; greatest; as, “the utmost assiduity; the utmost harmony; the utmost misery or happiness”.

      He shall answer . . . to his utmost peril. Shak.

      Six or seven thousand is their utmost power. Shak.

    2. Utmost, n. The most that can be; the farthest limit; the greatest power, degree, or effort; as, “he has done his utmost; try your utmost”.

      We have tried the utmost of our friends. Shak.