utter ruin meaning, utter ruin definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( utters    3rd person present)   ( uttering    present participle)   ( uttered    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If someone utters sounds or words, they say them.  
LITERARY   He uttered a snorting laugh...      V n  
They departed without uttering a word.      V n  
2       adj   You use utter to emphasize that something is great in extent, degree, or amount.  
ADJ n     (emphasis)    (=absolute, total)  
This, of course, is utter nonsense., ...this utter lack of responsibility..., A look of utter confusion swept across his handsome face.     
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
See also:

utterly, utterance, ute, uterus

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
utter a soliloquy ; talk to oneself


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