1) ADJ: ADJ n (emphasis) You can use utmost to emphasize the importance or seriousness of something or to emphasize the way that it is done.

It is a matter of the utmost urgency to find out what has happened to these people...

Security matters are treated with the utmost seriousness...

You should proceed with the utmost caution...

Utmost care must be taken not to spill any of the contents.

2) N-SING: poss N (emphasis) If you say that you are doing your utmost to do something, you are emphasizing that you are trying as hard as you can to do it. [FORMAL]

He would have done his utmost to help her, of that she was certain...

He will try his utmost to help them by means of his conventional medical knowledge.

3) PHRASE: usu PHR after v (emphasis) If you say that something is done to the utmost, you are emphasizing that it is done to the greatest extent, amount, or degree possible.

My limited diplomatic skills were tested to the utmost...

The best plan is to continue to attack him to the utmost of our power.

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  • utmost — O.E. utmest (Anglian) outermost, double superlative of ut out (see OUT (Cf. out)) + MOST (Cf. most) …   Etymology dictionary

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