Ut·ter, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Uttered p. pr. & vb. n. Uttering.]
1. To put forth or out; to reach out. [Obs.]
How bragly [proudly] it begins to bud,
And utter his tender head. --Spenser.
2. To dispose of in trade; to sell or vend. [Obs.]
Such mortal drugs I have, but Mantua's law
Is death to any he that utters them. --Shak.
They bring it home, and utter it commonly by the name of Newfoundland fish. --Abp. Abbot.
3. 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; as, to utter coin or bank notes.
The whole kingdom should continue in a firm resolution never to receive or utter this fatal coin. --Swift.
4. To give public expression to; to disclose; to publish; to speak; to pronounce. “Sweet as from blest, uttering joy.”
The words I utter
Let none think flattery, for they 'll find 'em truth. --Shak.
And the last words he uttered called me cruel. --Addison.
Syn: -- To deliver; give forth; issue; liberate; discharge; pronounce. See Deliver.
adj : communicated in words; "frequently uttered sentiments" [syn:
expressed, verbalized, verbalised]