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utmost Syllabification: ut·most
Pronunciation: /ˈətˌmōst/

Definition of utmost in English:


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.
greatest, highest, maximum, most, uttermost;
extreme, supreme, paramount;
vital, crucial


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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.
maximum, uttermost, limit
informal max


do one's utmost
Do the most that one is able: Dan was doing his utmost to be helpful
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  • 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.


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

  • Old English ūt(e)mest meant ‘outermost’. The phrase one's utmost meaning ‘one's very best’ dates from the early 17th century. See utter

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