utmost


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Utmost \Ut"most`\, n.
   The most that can be; the farthest limit; the greatest power,
   degree, or effort; as, he has done his utmost; try your
   utmost.
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         We have tried the utmost of our friends. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Utmost \Ut"most`\, a. [OE. utmeste, utemest, AS. ?temest, a
   superlative fr. ?te out. ????. See Out, and cf.
   Aftermost, Outmost, Uttermost.]
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   1. 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. --Spenser.
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            We coasted within two leagues of Antibes, which is
            the utmost town in France.            --Evelyn.
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            Betwixt two thieves I spend my utmost breath.
                                                  --Herbert.
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   2. 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.
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            He shall answer . . . to his utmost peril. --Shak.
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            Six or seven thousand is their utmost power. --Shak.
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