ultimate

adjective
ul·​ti·​mate | \ ˈəl-tə-mət How to pronounce ultimate (audio) \

Definition of ultimate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : last in a progression or series : final their ultimate destination was Paris
b : eventual sense 2 they hoped for ultimate success
c : the best or most extreme of its kind : utmost the ultimate sacrifice
d : most remote in space or time : farthest
2 : arrived at as the last result the ultimate question
3a : original sense 1 the ultimate source
b : basic, fundamental the ultimate nature of things— A. N. Whitehead
c : incapable of further analysis, division, or separation

ultimate

noun

Definition of ultimate (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : something ultimate especially : fundamental
2 : acme
3 capitalized : ultimate frisbee

ultimate

verb
ul·​ti·​mate | \ ˈəl-tə-mət How to pronounce ultimate (audio) , -ˌmāt How to pronounce ultimate (audio) \
ultimated; ultimating

Definition of ultimate (Entry 3 of 3)

: end

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Other Words from ultimate

Adjective

ultimateness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for ultimate

Synonyms: Adjective

consummate, last, max, maximum, most, nth, outside, paramount, supreme, top, utmost, uttermost

Antonyms: Adjective

least, minimal, minimum, slightest

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Adjective

last, final, terminal, ultimate mean following all others (as in time, order, or importance). last applies to something that comes at the end of a series but does not always imply that the series is completed or stopped. last page of a book last news we had of him final applies to that which definitely closes a series, process, or progress. final day of school terminal may indicate a limit of extension, growth, or development. terminal phase of a disease ultimate implies the last degree or stage of a long process beyond which further progress or change is impossible. the ultimate collapse of the system

Examples of ultimate in a Sentence

Adjective

Their ultimate fate has not yet been decided. Our ultimate aim is to increase production.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Everyone is speculating about whether or not Sansa and Daenerys will hate each other and if Cersei is really pregnant—but what of the series' ultimate Big Bad, the Night King? Abby Gardner, Glamour, "This Game of Thrones Theory Suggests Who the Night King Is Really After," 16 Mar. 2019 Vogueworld George and Amal Clooney Make the Case For Understated Red Carpet Style George and Amal Clooney are the ultimate Hollywood couple. Vogue, "George and Amal Clooney Make the Case For Understated Red Carpet Style," 15 Mar. 2019 The ultimate '90s teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210 is back in the spotlight, but for some of us the show never left our minds. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Here’s How to Watch and Stream ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ Online," 15 Mar. 2019 Click through our ideas, tips, and favorite products for the ultimate March below. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "These March Bucket List Ideas Will Get You So Ready for Spring," 1 Mar. 2019 The ultimate goal of doing breath hold training regularly is to not feel that sort of frantic breathlessness. Amy Marturana, SELF, "I Tried Underwater Rock Running, the Endurance Workout Surfers Swear By," 28 Feb. 2019 That love faces the ultimate test when Hiccup must come to terms with the fact his beloved Toothless and dragonkind must separate themselves from humankind for their own good. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’: Third film soars with extraordinary visuals," 20 Feb. 2019 Jimmy so revered his brother that Chuck was a big part of his ultimate decision to become a lawyer. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Better Call Saul season 4 finale: The hugely important final shot, explained," 9 Oct. 2018 Ohr had frequent contact with Steele before and after the publication of the dossier, and the FBI’s ultimate decision to cut ties with the ex-British spy. Brooke Singman, Fox News, "GOP rep touches off firestorm with claim FBI leaked info, used stories to get FISA warrants," 28 Aug. 2018

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Weight loss diets are seen as the gateway to ultimate wellness. SELF, "I'm a Personal Trainer and I Never Tell My Clients to Go On a Diet," 24 Sep. 2018 The act went through the heartbreak of completing an album, which they ultimate ditched. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Pnau Talk 'Changa,' Altered States and Share New Track 'La Grenouille': Exclusive Premiere," 9 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of ultimate

Adjective

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1d

Noun

1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ultimate

Adjective

Medieval Latin ultimatus last, final, from Late Latin, past participle of ultimare to come to an end, be last, from Latin ultimus farthest, last, final, superlative of Latin *ulter situated beyond

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ultimate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of ultimate

: happening or coming at the end of a process, series of events, etc.
: greatest or most extreme
used to refer to the original or basic source or cause of something

ultimate

adjective
ul·​ti·​mate | \ ˈəl-tə-mət How to pronounce ultimate (audio) \

Kids Definition of ultimate

1 : last in a series : final The traveler's ultimate destination was Rome.
2 : most extreme the ultimate sacrifice
3 : relating to or being the chief or most important She has ultimate responsibility for the accident.

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ultimately adverb

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