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uppermost

[uhp-er-mohst or, esp. British, -muh st] /ˈʌp ərˌmoʊst or, esp. British, -məst/
adjective, Also, upmost
1.
highest in place, order, rank, power, etc.:
the uppermost peaks of the mountain; the uppermost class of society.
2.
topmost; predominant:
a subject of uppermost concern.
adverb
3.
in or into the uppermost place, rank, or predominance:
The blossoms grow uppermost on the stems of these flowers; the thoughts that came uppermost to her mind.
Origin of uppermost
1475-1485
1475-85; upper1 + -most
Can be confused
upmost, uppermost, utmost.
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  • The best of his nature, whatever of good there was in him, was uppermost when with Dora.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • But did God see my boy's name lying the uppermost one in the wheel?

  • The large pieced portion was uppermost, and beneath it was the lining, with layers of cotton in between.

    Patty's Summer Days Carolyn Wells
  • It would have been hard to say what feeling was uppermost with him at the moment.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • Then when the top ceases spinning, the uppermost number is the one which counts.

    Toy-Making at Home Morley Adams
  • The baser instincts of the game appealed to the uppermost sides of their natures.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • Now, however, he rode and strode the country a mere scowling ruffian, with his uppermost emotions still stamped on his face.

    Children of the Mist Eden Phillpotts
  • But uppermost leapt the anxieties concerning the image of St. Sebastian.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • But when the serious business of life gave time, wine, flowers and lovely women were uppermost in his thoughts.

British Dictionary definitions for uppermost

uppermost

/ˈʌpəˌməʊst/
adjective
1.
highest in position, power, importance, etc
adverb
2.
in or into the highest position, etc
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Word Origin and History for uppermost

late 15c., from upper + -most.

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