ultimately

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adverb ul·ti·mate·ly \ˈəl-tə-mət-lē\

Definition of ultimately

  1. 1 :  in the end :  fundamentally <the word comes ultimately from Latin>

  2. 2 :  eventually <ultimately, they agreed>

Examples of ultimately in a sentence

  1. The changes ultimately proved to be unnecessary.

  2. Ultimately, it's a question of who is more popular.

1652

First Known Use of ultimately

1652


ULTIMATELY Defined for English Language Learners

ultimately

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adverb ul·ti·mate·ly \ˈəl-tə-mət-lē\

Definition of ultimately for English Language Learners

  • : 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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