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utmost

[uht-mohst or, esp. British, -muh st] /ˈʌtˌmoʊst or, esp. British, -məst/
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
900
before 900; Middle English utmest, Old English ūtemest. See out, -most
Can be confused
upmost, uppermost, utmost.
Synonyms
1. maximum, highest, foremost, chief, major.
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Examples for utmost
  • 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.
  • Placement and removal of the needles had to be done with utmost care to avoid damaging the creatures' soft skin.
  • But the thrill of discovery and the utmost feeling of freedom in this still wild land generally outshine the difficulties.
  • It was an attempt to determine, so far as was possible, the utmost effect of technology on us.
  • There she lived for a time a life of the utmost privation.
  • The utmost important part of infrastructure is human resources.
  • My survival is of utmost importance and that of my family.
British Dictionary definitions for utmost

utmost

/ˈʌtˌməʊst/
adjective (prenominal)
1.
of the greatest possible degree or amount the utmost degree
2.
at the furthest limit the utmost town on the peninsula
noun
3.
the greatest possible degree, extent, or amount he tried his utmost
Word Origin
Old English ūtemest, from ūte out + -mestmost
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Word Origin and History for utmost

Old English utmest (Anglian) "outermost," double superlative of ut "out" (see out) + -most.

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