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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 Ah yes, public pension funds, which generally owe a significant part of their funding to taxpayers and are ultimately underwritten by them. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 31 May 2021 According to Research and Market reports, the quantum computing market valued $507.1 million in 2019, from where it is projected to grow at a CAGR of 56.0% during 2020-2030 (forecast period), to ultimately reach $64,988.3 million by 2030. Cindy Gordon, Forbes, 30 May 2021 Lang, who is now 77, also took care of her husband when he was diagnosed with a fast-moving, and ultimately lethal, type of prostate cancer. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, 30 May 2021 Hospital discounts brought Gray's bill down to $900,000, insurance then kicked in and ultimately left Gray with a final bill of about $10,000. Keri Enriquez, CNN, 30 May 2021 O’Connell originally wanted to be a stage actor but ultimately found restaurants to have superior sets and more compelling drama. Justin Kaneps, WSJ, 30 May 2021 The lieutenant in charge directed both parties to follow him back to patrol headquarters, but they were ultimately told to sort out the issue among themselves. Kimberly Dishongh, Arkansas Online, 30 May 2021 But some conservative political groups are questioning it, potentially laying a foundation for legal challenges to the data that will ultimately be used for drawing congressional and legislative districts. Star Tribune, 30 May 2021 The incident showed that Osaka does not have the luxury of taking a stance that will ultimately protect her. Analis Bailey, USA TODAY, 30 May 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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1 Jun 2021

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“Ultimately.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ultimately. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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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