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utter

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1  —as in:
utter stupidity
Definition complete or total (used as an intensifier—typically when stressing how bad something is)
  • She suffered utter devastation when her child died in the accident.
utter = complete
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The company is in danger of utter collapse.
  • utter = total or complete
  • She is utterly insane!
  • utterly = completely
  • Which best describes her attitude toward him:
    1. affection but not genuine love
    2. respect but not utter deference
  • utter = complete or total
  • I am utterly astonished!
  • utterly = completely
  • All Lev knows is that someday soon the world will suffer a small part of the loss and the emptiness and the utter disillusionment he feels inside.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • utter = complete or total
  • She seemed utterly alone, the silence and darkness impenetrable forever.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • utterly = completely
  • Behind it was a space of utter darkness.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • utter = complete
  • There was utter silence.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • utter = complete
  • To ensure that men felt utterly helpless, he changed the manner in which he demanded to be addressed each day, beating anyone who guessed wrong.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
utterly = completely

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2  —as in:
utter a complaint
Definition say with the voice
  • I was too shocked to utter a complaint.
utter = say something aloud
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The decision was made before I could utter an opinion.
  • utter = say with the voice
  • Five words he uttered and no more-five words, the same as those he had said to Bernard about the Arch-Community-Songster of Canterbury.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • uttered = said aloud
  • Abuelita and Mama uttered no words that anyone could understand.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • uttered = said
  • The bass drum went boom with every sentence Mrs. Merriweather uttered.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • uttered = said
  •   Such mortal drugs I have; but Mantua's law
      Is death to any he that utters them.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • utters = says
  • I never uttered the words "I'm from Idaho" until I'd left it.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • uttered = said aloud
  • Haunted by last night's dream, Theo jogged behind his partner halfway to the high school before he uttered a breathless "Stop!"
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • uttered = said with the voice
  • Never have they uttered a single word about the burden we must be, never have they complained that we're too much trouble.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • uttered = said
  • For the latter, he came up with lies and practiced until he could utter them smoothly.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
utter = say

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3  —as in:
utter a sound
Definition make a sound with the voice
  • She wanted to warn him, but fear kept her from uttering a sound.
uttering = making a sound with the voice
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She wanted to complain, but she was so shocked she could not utter even a single sound.
  • utter = make a sound with the voice
  • The savage stopped fifteen yards away and uttered his cry.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • uttered = made a sound with the voice
  • Uttering a low groan, Judge Ford sank her head in her hands.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • uttering = making with the voice (a sound)
  • Ekwefi uttered a scream and sprang to her feet.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • uttered = made (a sound with the voice)
  • Four young porkers in the front row uttered shrill squeals of disapproval, and all four of them sprang to their feet and began speaking at once.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • uttered = made (a sound with the voice)
  • Karim uttered a surprised cry and backpedaled.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • uttered = made (a sound with the voice)
  • He looked in Mrs. van D.'s mouth and found two teeth that made her wince with pain and utter incoherent cries every time he touched them.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • utter = make a sound with the voice
  • With a faint hum and rattle the moving racks crawled imperceptibly through the weeks and the recapitulated aeons to where, in the Decanting Room, the newly-unbottled babes uttered their first yell of horror and amazement.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • uttered = made a sound with the voice
  • So soon as he had finished, the youth began, not to play, but to utter sounds that were monotonous, and neither resembling the harmony of the old man's instrument nor the songs of the birds; I since found that he read aloud, but at that time I knew nothing of the science of words or letters.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
utter = make with the voice (a sound)

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