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 of the earth — John Hunt
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2. of the greatest or highest degree, quantity, number, or amount <
a matter of utmost concern
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II. noun Date: before 12th century 1. the most possible ; the extreme limit ; the highest attainable point or degree <
the utmost in reliability
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2. the highest, greatest, or best of one's abilities, powers, and resources <
will do our utmost to help
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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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,… …   Law dictionary

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

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

  • 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,… …   New thesaurus

  • 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… …   English World dictionary

  • 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...… …   English dictionary

  • 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

  • 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,… …   Universalium

  • 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

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