ut·​most | \ ˈət-ˌmōst How to pronounce utmost (audio) , especially Southern -məst \

Definition of utmost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of utmost (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Utmost comes from Old English ūtmest, a superlative adjective formed from the adverb ūt, meaning "out." The earlier sense of utmost carries the same meaning as outermost.

Examples of utmost in a Sentence

Adjective supreme power that extended to the utmost points of the empire inhabitants of the war-ravaged region are experiencing the utmost misery imaginable Noun This new system represents the utmost in modern technology. It's designed to provide the utmost in comfort. We had to push ourselves to the utmost to finish the job in time.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective As Attorney General Garland has explained, someone of just utmost credibility and integrity, the Justice Department tried to negotiate this. NBC News, 14 Aug. 2022 The talented apprentice shows an utmost dedication in learning the art of embroidery and tailoring from Halim. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 9 Aug. 2022 When the utmost accuracy is paramount, this ½-inch digital torque wrench from GearWrench offers a top-of-the-line solution. James Fitzgerald, Popular Mechanics, 8 Aug. 2022 Once these are all set, the ultimate goal is to deploy strategies centered around data and analytics, so enterprises may generate the utmost value from them. Yec, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 The resort-like home is flanked by towering palm trees and lush landscaping that provides the utmost privacy for owners. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 22 July 2022 Caring For Yourself With a disease, like lupus, self-care is the utmost importance. Noel Cody, Essence, 1 Aug. 2022 And as a filmmaker, showing Mamie in all her complex humanity was of utmost importance. William Earl, Variety, 25 July 2022 Safety is of the utmost importance when looking for a new ladder, and nobody knows this more than Lee Wallender, home improvement expert. Alyssa Brascia, PEOPLE.com, 22 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Growing sales requires e-commerce brands to scale SEO efforts to the utmost of their abilities. Tony Adam, Forbes, 1 July 2022 Now Crye is doing his utmost to run a traditional campaign: raising money, getting his name out and, most important, trying to personally connect with every possible voter before Tuesday’s election. Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2022 China was willing to try its utmost to seek peaceful reunification with Taiwan but would act if any red lines on independence were crossed, Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman of the Taiwan Affairs Office, told a media briefing. NBC News, 29 Dec. 2021 Everybody gave their utmost to make the best product possible, the biggest biopic made to date in the Spanish-speaking world. John Hopewell, Variety, 4 Nov. 2021 Schneider is a glossy, radiant enigma, an actress whose extreme minimalism of expression delivers a mysterious intensity of emotion, yet who nonetheless always appears to be withholding her utmost from the camera, or even shrinking from it. Richard Brod, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021 Coming to Royal Taj may feel like the utmost in relaxation for diners, but don’t expect to see Singh taking time off. Mike Klingaman, Baltimore Sun, 30 June 2022 Hart and Harrelson certainly do their utmost to salvage this stinker. Andy Meek, BGR, 29 June 2022 Marking the war anniversary in Seoul, Yoon pledged to do his utmost to protect freedom and peace. Reuters, CNN, 26 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of utmost


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for utmost


Middle English, alteration of utmest, from Old English ūtmest, superlative adjective, from ūt out, adverb — more at out entry 1

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“Utmost.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/utmost. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for utmost


ut·​most | \ ˈət-ˌmōst How to pronounce utmost (audio) \

Kids Definition of utmost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Kids Definition of utmost (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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