Definition of utmost in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʌtməʊst/


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, maximum, greatest possible, highest, most, most extreme, greatest amount of, uttermost;
maximal, extreme, supreme, paramount, superlative, enormous, major


(the utmost)
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.
best, uttermost, hardest, maximum, greatest possible extent
best, utmost, hardest
utmost, maximum, greatest possible extent


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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