- 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 ultimately
Take the chief metric of the war in Vietnam—body counts, which ultimately did not answer whether the strategy was working.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War
Nancy A. Youssef
January 7, 2015
Ultimately, Gow says, the brothers failed in their efforts to recreate the Auroch.‘Nazi Cows’ Tried to Kill British Farmer
January 6, 2015
Ultimately, 2015 might be the year American anti-LGBT advocates wish they could skip.‘Only God’ Can Stop Gay Marriage
January 6, 2015
She ultimately ditched JSwipe after about a week and found her current, non-Jewish, boyfriend on OkCupid.My Week on Jewish Tinder
January 5, 2015
For years, Brooke even had trouble finding a publisher for his memoir, which was ultimately accepted by Rutgers University Press.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America
January 4, 2015
They call it a lift here, not knowing any better, but it gets there ultimately.One Day's Courtship
My afterlife was ultimately formed by the shock I had then received.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
To this Cleo ultimately agreed, won over by Morgan's last argument.Cleo The Magnificent
Ultimately she went to live with the Campardons, and managed their household affairs.
He ultimately consented, and the marriage was solemnized by Abbe Mouret.
- in the end; at last; finally
- 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 ultimately
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.