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.
- ul·ti·mate·ly, adverb
- ul·ti·mate·ness, noun
- sub·ul·ti·mate, adjective
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How to use ultimate in a sentence
The idea is similar to editing a Wikipedia entry, though digital gardens are not meant to be the ultimate word on a topic.Digital gardens let you cultivate your own little bit of the internet | Tanya Basu | September 3, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
In some ways, the coronavirus has been the ultimate stress test for whether or not Bud Light’s investments in gaming over the last five years have been worth it.‘Gaming is where culture is being set’: Bud Light gets serious about esports | Seb Joseph | September 3, 2020 | Digiday
The remaining amount will be split between applicants, so the ultimate payout will depend on how many people apply.Own Apple Powerbeats 2 earphones? Here’s how to claim your share of a $9.75 million settlement | rhhackettfortune | August 28, 2020 | Fortune
The ultimate goal for Neuralink, Musk explained at a 2019 launch event, is a “full brain-machine interface” that will achieve a “symbiosis with artificial intelligence.”Elon Musk is one step closer to connecting a computer to your brain | Rebecca Heilweil | August 28, 2020 | Vox
Most publishers would certainly agree with Apple’s ultimate end-goal of improving user privacy and the overall user experience.Publishers could soon have more leverage to force Apple to relax its ‘my way or the highway’ approach | Lara O'Reilly | August 25, 2020 | Digiday
“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 | Liza Foreman | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The loss of this “expectation” game began his decline and ultimate withdrawal from the race.
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 | Tim Teeman | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“If BMW is ‘the ultimate driving machine,’ your Anthem is the ultimate differentiator,” writes Hogshead.
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Belief in his own value had never been thus assailed before; that he was indispensable had been an ultimate assurance.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
His only chance of ultimate recovery was to push boldly forward, and to betray no fear of failure.
Its ultimate effect will not fall upon them, but will serve merely to alter the direction of human effort.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
She smiled, just as if she had been asked to inspect a tiara of diamonds with the ultimate view of purchasing it.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
In reply, I would ask, Of what disease do we know the ultimate nature any better than that of epilepsy?A Statistical Inquiry Into the Nature and Treatment of Epilepsy | Alexander Hughes Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for ultimate
conclusive in a series or process; last; final: an ultimate question
the highest or most significant: the ultimate goal
elemental, fundamental, basic, or essential
most extreme: genocide is the ultimate abuse of human rights
final or total: an ultimate cost of twenty million pounds
the most significant, highest, furthest, or greatest thing
- ultimateness, noun
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