ultimately

adverb
ul·​ti·​mate·​ly | \ ˈəl-tə-mət-lē How to pronounce ultimately (audio) \

Definition of ultimately

1 : in the end : fundamentally the word comes ultimately from Latin
2 : eventually ultimately, they agreed

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Examples of ultimately in a Sentence

The changes ultimately proved to be unnecessary. Ultimately, it's a question of who is more popular.
Recent Examples on the Web The scandal ultimately led to the ousting of Democratic Gov. Ray Blanton, who was never indicted, but three of his aides were. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 11 June 2021 The scandal ultimately led to the ousting of Democratic Gov. Ray Blanton, who was never indicted in the investigation - but three of his aides were. CBS News, 11 June 2021 The scandal ultimately led to the ousting of Democratic Gov. Ray Blanton, who was never indicted in the investigation — but three of his aides were. Kimberlee Kruesi, Anchorage Daily News, 10 June 2021 The scandal ultimately led to the ousting of Democratic Gov. Ray Blanton, who was never indicted in the investigation — but three of his aides were. Time, 10 June 2021 This conclusion triggered the clock that led ultimately to the required notice to Barbara on May 13, 2021. David Vigilante, CNN, 9 June 2021 Armando Perez, a former gang member who is now part of an elite hotshot crew in the Eldorado National Forest, said his inmate training ultimately led to a new life of service. NBC News, 6 June 2021 Bailey's own troubles included a DWI arrest in 1982, followed by claims of financial misconduct in the 1990s, which ultimately led to his disbarment in Florida in 2001 and Massachusetts in 2003. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Between the cheering and trash talking among Rockwall (31-11-1) and Rockwall-Heath (34-11-1) fans, something lit a fire under the Yellowjackets in a five-run fifth inning that ultimately led them to an 8-1 victory over the Hawks. Arianna Vedia, Dallas News, 2 June 2021

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First Known Use of ultimately

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ultimately was in 1652

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13 Jun 2021

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“Ultimately.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ultimately. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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ultimately

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of ultimately

: at the end of a process, period of time, etc.
: at the most basic level : in the central or most important way

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