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adjective uppermost pronunciation in American English /ˈʌpərˌmoʊst/
  1. 1
    more important or urgent than anything else in a particular situation
    Just surviving the storm became uppermost.
    uppermost in someone’s mind/thoughts: The children’s welfare is always uppermost in our minds.
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  2. 2
    at the top, or in a higher position
    Water penetrates the uppermost surface of the rock.
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 uppermost pronunciation in American English adverb
She held out her hand with the palm uppermost.
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the buying and selling of human organs

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