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Princeton's WordNet

  1. utmost, uttermost, maximum, level bestadjective

    the greatest possible degree

    "he tried his utmost"

  2. extreme, utmost(a), uttermost(a)adjective

    of the greatest possible degree or extent or intensity

    "extreme cold"; "extreme caution"; "extreme pleasure"; "utmost contempt"; "to the utmost degree"; "in the uttermost distress"

  3. last, utmostadjective

    highest in extent or degree

    "to the last measure of human endurance"; "whether they were accomplices in the last degree or a lesser one was...to be determined individually"

  4. farthermost, farthest, furthermost, furthest, utmost, uttermostadjective

    (comparatives of `far') most remote in space or time or order

    "had traveled to the farthest frontier"; "don't go beyond the farthermost (or furthermost) tree"; "explored the furthest reaches of space"; "the utmost tip of the peninsula"


  1. utmostnoun

    maximum; greatest possible amount or quantity.

  2. utmostadjective

    Situated at the most distant limit; farthest

  3. utmostadjective

    The most extreme; ultimate; greatest

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Utmostadjective

    Etymology: utmœst , Saxon; from utter .

    Much like a subtile spider, which doth sit
    In middle of her web, which spreadeth wide;
    If ought do touch the utmost thread of it,
    She feels it instantly on ev’ry side. Davies.

    As far remov’d from God and light of heav’n,
    As from the center thrice to th’ utmost pole. John Milton.

    I went
    To view the utmost limits of the land. Dryden.

    I’ll undertake to bring him,
    Where he shall answer by a lawful form,
    In peace, to his utmost peril. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

  2. Utmostnoun

    The most that can be; the greatest power; the highest degree.

    What miscarries,
    Shall be the general’s fault, though he perform
    To the utmost of a man. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    I will be free,
    Even to the utmost as I please in words. William Shakespeare.

    Such a conscience, as has employed the utmost of its ability to give itself the best information, and clearest knowledge of its duty, that it can, is a rational ground for a man to build such an hope upon. South.

    Try your fortune. ————
    —— I have to the utmost. Dost thou think me desperate
    Without just cause? John Dryden, All for Love.

    A man, having carefully enquired into all the grounds of probability and unlikeliness, and done his utmost to inform himself in all particulars, may come to acknowledge on which side the probability rests. John Locke.

    The enemy thinks of raising threescore thousand men: let us perform our utmost, and we shall overwhelm them with our multitudes. Addison.


  1. utmost

    HMS Utmost was a British U class submarine, of the second group of that class, built by Vickers Armstrong, Barrow-in-Furness. She was laid down on 2 November 1939 and was commissioned on 17 August 1940. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Utmost.


  1. utmost

    Utmost is defined as the greatest or highest degree, quantity, or the like; maximum. It can also refer to being at the furthest or most extreme limit or point in terms of space or extent.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Utmostadjective

    situated at the farthest point or extremity; farthest out; most distant; extreme; as, the utmost limits of the land; the utmost extent of human knowledge

  2. Utmostadjective

    being in the greatest or highest degree, quantity, number, or the like; greatest; as, the utmost assiduity; the utmost harmony; the utmost misery or happiness

  3. Utmostnoun

    the most that can be; the farthest limit; the greatest power, degree, or effort; as, he has done his utmost; try your utmost

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Utmost

    ut′mōst, adj. outmost: farthest out: most distant: last: in the greatest degree: highest.—n. the greatest that can be: the greatest effort. [A.S. útemest, formed with double superlative suffix -m-est from úte, out.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of utmost in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of utmost in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of utmost in a Sentence

  1. George Bernard Shaw:

    Take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then say it with the utmost levity.

  2. Charles Ryan:

    The report is clear that the execution of inmate Wood was handled in accordance with all department procedures, which ... either meet or exceed national standards, it was done appropriately and with the utmost professionalism.

  3. James Agee:

    In every child who is born, no matter what circumstances, and of no matter what parents, the potentiality of the human race is born again and in him, too, once more, and of each of us, our terrific responsibility toward human life toward the utmost idea of goodness, of the horror of terror, and of God.

  4. Alex Soosay:

    Thousands of media and fans will be traveling to Australia for the competition, apart from 16 teams, and their security is our utmost priority, we have asked ALOC to provide extra security in team and AFC hotels as well as police escorts for all official activities including training and matches in addition to increase in security across all venues.

  5. Tabare Vazquez:

    I promise to work my utmost but I cannot, should not and do not want to work alone, I want to count on all Uruguayans.

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  • äußerst, höchstGerman
  • υπέρτατοςGreek
  • mayor, sumo, descollante, extremado, máximum, extremo, máximo, suma, sobresalienteSpanish
  • بیشترینPersian
  • plus grand, maximum, suprême, extrêmeFrench
  • מקסימום, טופHebrew
  • legnagyobb, legvégső, legtávolabbiHungarian
  • 極度, 最大Japanese
  • 최상의 것Korean
  • uiterst, hoogst, uitersteDutch
  • derradeiro, extremoPortuguese
  • экстрема́льный, преде́льный, наивы́сший, велича́йший, кра́йнийRussian
  • ytterstaSwedish
  • hết sứcVietnamese

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