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utmost adj
1 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" [syn: extreme, utmost(a), uttermost(a)]
2 highest in extent or degree; "to the last measure of human endurance"; "whether they were accomplices in the last degree or a lesser one be determined individually" [syn: last]
3 (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" [syn: farthermost, farthest, furthermost, furthest, uttermost] n : the greatest possible degree; "he tried his utmost" [syn: uttermost, maximum, level best]

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  • (US)
    • /ˈʌtmoʊst/
    • /"VtmoUst/
  • (UK)
    • /ˈʌtməʊst/
    • /"Vtm@Ust/


  1. situated at the most distant limit; farthest
  2. the most extreme; ultimate
    • 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.

Related terms


Situated at the most distant limit
  • Dutch: uiterst
  • Japanese: 最大の
  • Portuguese: extremo, derradeiro
  • Swedish: yttersta
The most extreme, ultimate
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  1. maximum; greatest possible amount or quantity



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