- last; furthest or farthest; ending a process or series: the ultimate point in a journey; the ultimate style in hats.
- maximum; decisive; conclusive: the ultimate authority; the ultimate weapon.
- highest; not subsidiary: ultimate goal in life.
- basic; fundamental; representing a limit beyond which further progress, as in investigation or analysis, is impossible: the ultimate particle; ultimate principles.
- final; total: the ultimate consequences; the ultimate cost of a project.
- not to be improved upon or surpassed; greatest; unsurpassed: the ultimate vacation spot; the ultimate stupidity.
- the final point; final result.
- a fundamental fact or principle.
- the best, greatest, or most extreme of its kind.
Origin of ultimate
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Examples from the Web for ultimate
“After the New York mentality, it is the ultimate contrast to see people making things by hand,” he said.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech
January 6, 2015
The loss of this “expectation” game began his decline and ultimate withdrawal from the race.The World’s Toughest Political Quiz
December 31, 2014
Self-marriage is the ultimate brand extension of a self-obsessed, selfish populus.Why Singles Should Say ‘I Don’t’ to The Self-Marriage Movement
December 30, 2014
“If BMW is ‘the ultimate driving machine,’ your Anthem is the ultimate differentiator,” writes Hogshead.Can Self-Help Books Really Make a New You?
December 29, 2014
With her help, we've gathered the ultimate list of the country's greatest influential bars.The Bars That Made America Great
December 28, 2014
Why should there not be a patient confidence in the ultimate justice of the people?
In that insistence lay her ultimate compensation for untold misery.Within the Law
It was of course my soul in its ultimate essence that I had reached.
It is, if I can fully attain to it, the ultimate realisation of the artistic life.
But to recognise that the soul of a man is unknowable, is the ultimate achievement of wisdom.
- conclusive in a series or process; last; finalan ultimate question
- the highest or most significantthe ultimate goal
- elemental, fundamental, basic, or essential
- most extremegenocide is the ultimate abuse of human rights
- final or totalan ultimate cost of twenty million pounds
- the most significant, highest, furthest, or greatest thing
Word Origin and History for ultimate
1650s, from Late Latin ultimatus, past participle of ultimare "to be final, come to an end," from ultimus "last, final," superlative of *ulter "beyond" (see ultra-). Ultimate Frisbee is attested from 1972.