utmost

[uht-mohst or, esp. British, -muhst]
adjective
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.
noun
3.
Also, uttermost. the greatest degree or amount: the utmost that can be said; The hotel provides the utmost in comfort.
4.
the most or best of one's abilities, powers, etc.: He did his utmost to finish on time.
5.
the extreme limit or extent: His patience was taxed to the utmost.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English utmest, Old English ūtemest. See out, -most

upmost, uppermost, utmost.


1. maximum, highest, foremost, chief, major.
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utmost or uttermost (ˈʌtˌməʊst)
 
adj
1.  of the greatest possible degree or amount: the utmost degree
2.  at the furthest limit: the utmost town on the peninsula
 
n
3.  the greatest possible degree, extent, or amount: he tried his utmost
 
[Old English ūtemest, from ūte out + -mestmost]
 
uttermost or uttermost
 
adj
 
n
 
[Old English ūtemest, from ūte out + -mestmost]

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utmost
O.E. utmest (Anglian) "outermost," double superlative of ut "out."
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Example sentences
It is the only system under which the utmost possible utilization of ground
  area can be obtained.
Honestly, of utmost importance to encourage minorities to enter into the
  sciences, is to hire more minority faculty.
If you are the same, you have my utmost respect and virtual veneration.
He approached with utmost care, amber eyes riveted on his adversaries, nostrils
  twitching to pick up a scent.
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