utmost

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Etymology[edit]

Old English ut (out) + -most

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Adjective[edit]

utmost (not comparable)

  1. Situated at the most distant limit; farthest
    • Evelyn
      We coasted within two leagues of Antibes, which is the utmost town in France.
    • Herbert
      Betwixt two thieves I spend my utmost breath.
    the utmost limits of the land;  the utmost extent of human knowledge
  2. The most extreme; ultimate; greatest
    • William Shakespeare
      He shall answer [] to his utmost peril.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 19, The China Governess[1]:
      Meanwhile Nanny Broome was recovering from her initial panic and seemed anxious to make up for any kudos she might have lost, by exerting her personality to the utmost. She took the policeman's helmet and placed it on a chair, and unfolded his tunic to shake it and fold it up again for him.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 236d.
      Indeed at this very moment he's slipped away with the utmost cunning into a form that's most perplexing to investigate.
    the utmost assiduity;  the utmost harmony;  the utmost misery or happiness

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Noun[edit]

utmost (uncountable)

  1. Maximum; greatest possible amount or quantity.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 19, The China Governess[2]:
      Meanwhile Nanny Broome was recovering from her initial panic and seemed anxious to make up for any kudos she might have lost, by exerting her personality to the utmost. She took the policeman's helmet and placed it on a chair, and unfolded his tunic to shake it and fold it up again for him.

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