ul·​ti·​mate·​ly ˈəl-tə-mət-lē How to pronounce ultimately (audio)
: in the end : fundamentally
the word comes ultimately from Latin
: eventually
ultimately, they agreed

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 other policy restricts drilling, which ultimately decreases supplies, and drives prices higher. Robert Rapier, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 For 35 years, consumer boycotts were the heart of the campaign to end apartheid rule in South Africa, which ultimately ended in 1990. Sunny Nagpaul, Fortune, 18 Feb. 2024 And the person who has the power makes the rules and ultimately has the power to make decisions. Ed Meza, Variety, 18 Feb. 2024 But there was no fountain of youth back then, Brenner noted, and the latest claims of its existence are sure to ultimately disappoint the long lines of lemmings. Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times, 18 Feb. 2024 The set was originally supposed to debut on Feb. 9 after a Chicago listening event, but ultimately trickled out (with a false start or two) on streaming services over Feb. 10. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, 18 Feb. 2024 Trump could ultimately end up owing a half-billion dollars or more as a result of Friday’s verdict. Michael R. Sisak, Quartz, 17 Feb. 2024 What gave him the edge, one person told me, was his interview with Senator Dianne Feinstein, who ultimately made the recommendation to President Bill Clinton. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, 17 Feb. 2024 The fruit that ultimately emerges is a pod that looks like a long, thick string bean and contains black seeds. Leila Miller, Los Angeles Times, 5 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ultimately was in 1652

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“Ultimately.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ultimately. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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