Definition of utmost in English:

utmost

adjective

  • attributive Most extreme; greatest.

    ‘a matter of the utmost importance’
    • ‘He is a man of the utmost sincerity and the respect he commands within the game is unparalleled.’
    • ‘Agnes approached him with utmost caution, crouching to see his face better.’
    • ‘Anyone who works in the field has my utmost respect for their bravery.’
    • ‘"I made my comments with the utmost sincerity, " he said.’
    • ‘His players have the utmost respect for him.’
    • ‘Supervising, teaching and sharing of best practices for patient care is of utmost importance.’
    • ‘Good children treat their elders with utmost respect and perform chores without complaint.’
    • ‘I went in with a lot of admiration for the soldiers and came out with utmost respect.’
    • ‘It was ascertained that housing needs in the area were of the utmost importance.’
    • ‘All reports of hate crimes are treated sensitively and with the utmost seriousness.’
    • ‘They deserve our utmost respect and recognition for simply making the Olympic team.’
    • ‘The European Union has given utmost importance to human rights in its Constitution.’
    • ‘The training of our nation to respond to the many threats we face is of utmost importance.’
    • ‘Of utmost importance to the staff nurse is to know your health care employer's policy.’
    • ‘Most of the children were taking their participation to the session with utmost seriousness.’
    • ‘I feel that whoever holds that office should be treated with the utmost respect.’
    • ‘The BBC takes its commitment to impartial reporting with the utmost seriousness.’
    • ‘I have the utmost respect for boxers, a breed who put their lives on the line each time they compete.’
    • ‘I am quite possibly a better man for having known him and, for that, he has my utmost thanks and respect.’
    • ‘Anybody who has performed these tasks in the pursuit of a weekly pay-packet has my utmost sympathy and respect.’
    greatest, maximum, greatest possible, highest, most, most extreme, greatest amount of, uttermost
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noun

the utmost
  • The greatest or most extreme extent or amount.

    ‘a plot that stretches credulity to the utmost’
    • ‘If your opponent was prepared to exert himself to the utmost to achieve his objective, you had no choice but to do the same.’
    • ‘She respected her friend to the utmost for what he was making of himself in this world.’
    • ‘It didn't happen very often and when it did it was greeted with the utmost of reverence.’
    • ‘I rebel against that to the utmost, against the idea of moral absolutes.’
    • ‘In my hands is to do the utmost, to talk with my colleagues, to convince them to work even harder.’
    • ‘There was no limit to bank note issue, except the utmost which each bank could keep afloat.’
    • ‘For the utmost in winter car safety you may wish to purchase a car phone to make keeping in touch easier.’
    • ‘He also said the Act gave a good degree of scope for interpretation, which the Commission used to the utmost.’
    • ‘On the surface, the case for the rule of law seems the utmost in consistency and fairness.’
    • ‘We must have learned from past that transparency and accountability are of the utmost of importance.’
    • ‘Invention is so rare and so useful a quality that it ought to be protected and encouraged to the utmost.’
    • ‘On deck, Coach Willingham commanded the utmost of respect.’
    • ‘Though no one would wish every team to follow their limited game plan, they have certainly got the utmost from their resources.’
    • ‘His cunning, speed, condition, and endurance can tax the physique and patience of his pursuers to the utmost.’
    • ‘It taxed the resources of the municipality to the utmost and left scars on the city that took years to efface.’
    • ‘I have the utmost of respect for the men and women who take the whistle, whatever the code.’
    • ‘The crew does the utmost to provide for the basic needs for the refugees.’
    • ‘The Danish squad is known to fear his speed which will stretch a back-line not noted for its mobility to the utmost.’
    • ‘The utmost that the courts can do is to give guidance to those who have to consider the problem.’
    • ‘They will be defending their good names to the utmost, and if that means legal action then so be it.’
    best, uttermost, hardest, maximum, greatest possible extent
    maximum, greatest possible extent
    best, hardest
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Phrases

  • do one's utmost

    • Do the most that one is able.

      ‘Dan was doing his utmost to be helpful’
      • ‘Our engineers are doing their utmost to fix the problem.’
      • ‘They work long hours and come in on their days off and they are doing their utmost to tackle crime.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We want the public to know that we will not tolerate criminal activity and that we will be doing our utmost to arrest and bring those responsible to justice.’
      • ‘The police are doing their utmost to bring the heartless perpetrators to justice.’
      • ‘We are doing our utmost to make sure we get our customers to and from their destinations with the minimum of delay.’
      • ‘We will do our utmost to avoid compulsory redundancies.’
      • ‘In the meantime, trading standards and other enforcement bodies will be doing their utmost to stop these organisations.’
      • ‘She was convinced everybody was doing their utmost to have order restored.’
      • ‘We are doing our utmost to ensure that the public are aware that speeding to any extent is unacceptable and can kill.’
      try, attempt, venture, undertake, aspire, aim, seek, set out
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

utmost

/ˈətˌmōst//ˈətˌmoʊst/