Definition of utmost in English:

utmost

Syllabification: ut·most
Pronunciation: /ˈətˌmōst
 
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adjective

[attributive]
  • Most extreme; greatest: a matter of the utmost importance
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    • The training of our nation to respond to the many threats we face is of utmost importance.
    • I am quite possibly a better man for having known him and, for that, he has my utmost thanks and respect.
    • They deserve our utmost respect and recognition for simply making the Olympic team.
    Synonyms
    greatest, highest, maximum, most, uttermost; extreme, supreme, paramount; vital, crucial

noun

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  • The greatest or most extreme extent or amount: a plot that stretches credulity to the utmost
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    • The crew does the utmost to provide for the basic needs for the refugees.
    • I rebel against that to the utmost, against the idea of moral absolutes.
    • The Danish squad is known to fear his speed which will stretch a back-line not noted for its mobility to the utmost.
    Synonyms
    maximum, uttermost, limit
    informal max

Phrases

do one's utmost

Do the most that one is able: Dan was doing his utmost to be helpful
More example sentences
  • We will do our utmost to avoid compulsory redundancies.
  • The reality is that most never chose to be parenting alone and are doing their utmost to provide the best possible future for their children.
  • Our engineers are doing their utmost to fix the problem.

Origin

Old English ūt(e)mest 'outermost' (see out, -most).

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