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.

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In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel the Beantown native revealed Samuel, Ben and Jennifer Garner's 6-year-old son, told his dad that although his father may be from Boston, ultimately, his own roots are in LA. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Jennifer Garner is Creeped Out By This Chair in Her Son’s Room—And So Am I," 15 Feb. 2019 HBOs new documentary series, The Case Against Adnan Syed, has been in production since 2015, and picks up where Serial left off, presenting new evidence, new interviews and ultimately, a new perspective on what may have really happened to Lee. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "How HBO's The Case Against Adnan Syed Picks Up Where Serial Left Off," 12 Feb. 2019 While the judge will ultimately have the final say in Cosby's punishment, the potential consequences for Cosby’s crimes allow for many options. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Bill Cosby to be sentenced for sexual assault, could face 30 years in prison," 24 Sep. 2018 Last week, the company filed again for bankruptcy and ultimately made the decision to close its doors. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Payless Fans Are Devastated After Learning All U.S. Stores Are Closing," 17 Feb. 2019 And ultimately, that's the point of skiing: Sliding on snow is supposed to be fun. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "8 Great Places to Learn How to Ski If You've Never Been," 16 Feb. 2019 Hockey players like a colder, harder, and ultimately faster surface. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The surprising science of why ice is so slippery," 31 Jan. 2019 In a 2017 interview with NPR, the author and YouTuber revealed that he didn’t set out to write a character with OCD, but ultimately, Aza’s creation felt inevitable. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Hannah Marks to Direct Film Adaptation of John Green's "Turtles All the Way Down"," 13 Jan. 2019 Prinsloo ultimately didn't do anything about the offer after consulting her family about it. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "5 Things to Know About Behati Prinsloo," 1 Feb. 2019

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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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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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to corrupt or become corrupted

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