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utmost

adjective ut·most \ ˈət-ˌmōst , especially Southern -məst \
Updated on: 25 Nov 2017

Definition of utmost

1 : situated at the farthest or most distant point : extreme
  • the utmost point of the earth
  • —John Hunt
2 : of the greatest or highest degree, quantity, number, or amount
  • a matter of utmost concern

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Examples of utmost in a Sentence

  1. supreme power that extended to the utmost points of the empire

  2. inhabitants of the war-ravaged region are experiencing the utmost misery imaginable

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Did You Know?

Utmost traces back to the Old English Ūtmest, a superlative adjective formed from the adverb Ūt, meaning "out." Ūtmest eventually evolved into utmost, perhaps influenced by the spelling of the word most. Not surprisingly, the earlier sense of utmost carries the same meaning as outermost. The second sense of utmost, meaning "of the greatest or highest degree," first appeared in English in the 14th century but didn't see frequent use until almost 400 years later. A related word is utter, meaning "absolute" or "total," as in the phrase utter chaos; it comes from Old English utera, meaning "outer," and ultimately from Ūt.

Origin and Etymology of utmost

Middle English, alteration of utmest, from Old English ūtmest, superlative adjective, from ūt out, adverb — more at out


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utmost

noun

Definition of utmost

1 : the most possible : the extreme limit : the highest attainable point or degree
  • the utmost in reliability
2 : the highest, greatest, or best of one's abilities, powers, and resources
  • will do our utmost to help

Examples of utmost in a Sentence

  1. This new system represents the utmost in modern technology.

  2. It's designed to provide the utmost in comfort.

  3. We had to push ourselves to the utmost to finish the job in time.

Recent Examples of utmost from the Web

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First Known Use of utmost

before 12th century



UTMOST Defined for English Language Learners

utmost

adjective

Definition of utmost for English Language Learners

  • : greatest or highest in degree, number, or amount

  • : farthest or most distant


utmost

noun

Definition of utmost for English Language Learners

  • : the highest point or degree that can be reached


UTMOST Defined for Kids

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utmost

adjective ut·most \ ˈət-ˌmōst \

Definition of utmost for Students

: of the greatest or highest degree or amount
  • The message is of the utmost importance.

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utmost

noun

Definition of utmost for Students

: the greatest or highest degree or amount
  • She stretched her arm to the utmost.


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