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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To send forth with the voice: uttered a cry.
  • transitive v. To articulate (words); pronounce or speak. See Synonyms at vent1.
  • transitive v. Law To put (counterfeit money, for example) into circulation.
  • transitive v. To publish (a book, for example).
  • transitive v. Obsolete To sell or deliver (merchandise) in trading.
  • adj. Complete; absolute; entire: utter nonsense; utter darkness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To say
  • v. To use the voice
  • v. To make speech sounds which may or may not have an actual language involved
  • v. To make (a noise)
  • v. To put counterfeit money etc. into circulation
  • adv. Further out; further away, outside.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Outer.
  • adj. Situated on the outside, or extreme limit; remote from the center; outer.
  • adj. Complete; perfect; total; entire; absolute.
  • adj. Peremptory; unconditional; unqualified; final.
  • transitive v. To put forth or out; to reach out.
  • transitive v. To dispose of in trade; to sell or vend.
  • transitive v. hence, to put in circulation, as money; to put off, as currency; to cause to pass in trade; -- often used, specifically, of the issue of counterfeit notes or coins, forged or fraudulent documents, and the like.
  • transitive v. To give public expression to; to disclose; to publish; to speak; to pronounce.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • That is or lies on the exterior or outside; outer.
  • Situated at or beyond the limits of something; remote from some center; outward; outside of any place or space.
  • Complete; total; entire; perfect; absolute.
  • Peremptory; absolute; unconditional; unqualified; final.
  • n. The extreme; the utmost.
  • To put out or forth; expel; emit.
  • To dispose of to the public or in the way of trade; specifically, to put into circulation, as money, notes, base coin, etc.: now used only in the latter specific sense.
  • To give public expression to; disclose; publish; pronounce; speak: reflexively, to give utterance to, as one's thoughts; express one's self.
  • In law, to deliver, or offer to deliver, as an unlawful thing for an unlawful purpose.
  • Outside; on the outside; out.
  • Utterly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. put into circulation
  • adj. complete
  • v. express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
  • v. articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise
  • v. express in speech
  • adj. without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers


Middle English utteren, partly from Middle Low German uteren (from uter, outer, comparative of ūt, out; see ud- in Indo-European roots) and alteration (influenced by utter, outer) of Middle English outen, to disclose (from out, out; see out).
Middle English, from Old English ūtera, outer; see ud- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English ūtera, comparative of ūt ("out"); compare outer. (Wiktionary)
Partly from out (adverb/verb), partly from Middle Dutch uteren. (Wiktionary)
Old English ūtor, comparative of ūt ("out"). (Wiktionary)



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