Meaning of utter

ut•ter

Pronunciation: (ut'ur), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to give audible expression to; speak or pronounce: unable to utter her feelings; Words were uttered in my hearing.
  2. to give forth (cries, notes, etc.) with the voice: to utter a sigh.
  3. to produce (speech sounds, speechlike sounds, syllables, words, etc.) audibly, with or without reference to formal language.
  4. to express (oneself or itself&hasp;), esp. in words.
  5. to give forth (a sound) otherwise than with the voice: The engine uttered a shriek.
  6. to express by written or printed words.
  7. to make publicly known; publish: to utter a libel.
  8. to put into circulation, as coins, notes, and esp. counterfeit money or forged checks.
  9. to expel; emit.
  10. to publish, as a book.
  11. to sell.
—v.i.
  1. to employ the faculty of speech; use the voice to talk, make sounds, etc.: His piety prevented him from uttering on religion.
  2. to sustain utterance; undergo speaking: Those ideas are so dishonest they will not utter.

ut•ter

Pronunciation: (ut'ur), [key]
— adj.
  1. complete; total; absolute: her utter abandonment to grief.
  2. unconditional; unqualified: an utter denial.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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