Definition of utmost in US English:

utmost

adjective

  • attributive Most extreme; greatest.

    ‘a matter of the utmost importance’
    • ‘"I made my comments with the utmost sincerity, " he said.’
    • ‘Agnes approached him with utmost caution, crouching to see his face better.’
    • ‘He is a man of the utmost sincerity and the respect he commands within the game is unparalleled.’
    • ‘Good children treat their elders with utmost respect and perform chores without complaint.’
    • ‘I feel that whoever holds that office should be treated with the utmost respect.’
    • ‘The European Union has given utmost importance to human rights in its Constitution.’
    • ‘Most of the children were taking their participation to the session with utmost seriousness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Anyone who works in the field has my utmost respect for their bravery.’
    • ‘Of utmost importance to the staff nurse is to know your health care employer's policy.’
    • ‘I have the utmost respect for boxers, a breed who put their lives on the line each time they compete.’
    • ‘I went in with a lot of admiration for the soldiers and came out with utmost respect.’
    • ‘His players have the utmost respect for him.’
    • ‘Anybody who has performed these tasks in the pursuit of a weekly pay-packet has my utmost sympathy and respect.’
    • ‘It was ascertained that housing needs in the area were of the utmost importance.’
    • ‘The BBC takes its commitment to impartial reporting with the utmost seriousness.’
    • ‘Supervising, teaching and sharing of best practices for patient care is of 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.’
    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’
    • ‘It didn't happen very often and when it did it was greeted with the utmost of reverence.’
    • ‘There was no limit to bank note issue, except the utmost which each bank could keep afloat.’
    • ‘Though no one would wish every team to follow their limited game plan, they have certainly got the utmost from their resources.’
    • ‘In my hands is to do the utmost, to talk with my colleagues, to convince them to work even harder.’
    • ‘They will be defending their good names to the utmost, and if that means legal action then so be it.’
    • ‘She respected her friend to the utmost for what he was making of himself in this world.’
    • ‘The crew does the utmost to provide for the basic needs for the refugees.’
    • ‘The utmost that the courts can do is to give guidance to those who have to consider the problem.’
    • ‘His cunning, speed, condition, and endurance can tax the physique and patience of his pursuers to the utmost.’
    • ‘We must have learned from past that transparency and accountability are of the utmost of importance.’
    • ‘If your opponent was prepared to exert himself to the utmost to achieve his objective, you had no choice but to do the same.’
    • ‘On deck, Coach Willingham commanded the utmost of respect.’
    • ‘I have the utmost of respect for the men and women who take the whistle, whatever the code.’
    • ‘It taxed the resources of the municipality to the utmost and left scars on the city that took years to efface.’
    • ‘On the surface, the case for the rule of law seems the utmost in consistency and fairness.’
    • ‘The Danish squad is known to fear his speed which will stretch a back-line not noted for its mobility to the utmost.’
    • ‘For the utmost in winter car safety you may wish to purchase a car phone to make keeping in touch easier.’
    • ‘Invention is so rare and so useful a quality that it ought to be protected and encouraged to the utmost.’
    • ‘He also said the Act gave a good degree of scope for interpretation, which the Commission used to the utmost.’
    • ‘I rebel against that to the utmost, against the idea of moral absolutes.’
    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’
      • ‘The police are doing their utmost to bring the heartless perpetrators to justice.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Our engineers are doing their utmost to fix the problem.’
      • ‘She was convinced everybody was doing their utmost to have order restored.’
      • ‘We are doing our utmost to make sure we get our customers to and from their destinations with the minimum of delay.’
      • ‘In the meantime, trading standards and other enforcement bodies will be doing their utmost to stop these organisations.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We are doing our utmost to ensure that the public are aware that speeding to any extent is unacceptable and can kill.’
      • ‘They work long hours and come in on their days off and they are doing their utmost to tackle crime.’
      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

/ˈətˌmoʊst//ˈətˌmōst/