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utmost

[ uht-mohst or, especially British, -muhst ]
/ ˈʌtˌmoʊst or, especially British, -məst /
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adjective
of the greatest or highest degree, quantity, or the like; greatest: of the utmost importance.
being at the farthest point or extremity; farthest: the utmost reef of the island.
noun
Also uttermost. the greatest degree or amount: the utmost that can be said; The hotel provides the utmost in comfort.
the most or best of one's abilities, powers, etc.: He did his utmost to finish on time.
the extreme limit or extent: His patience was taxed to the utmost.
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Origin of utmost

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH utmost

upmost, uppermost, utmost
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British Dictionary definitions for utmost

utmost

uttermost

/ (ˈʌtˌməʊst) /

adjective (prenominal)
of the greatest possible degree or amountthe utmost degree
at the furthest limitthe utmost town on the peninsula
noun
the greatest possible degree, extent, or amounthe tried his utmost

Word Origin for utmost

Old English ūtemest, from ūte out + -mest most
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