ul·​ti·​mate·​ly | \ˈəl-tə-mət-lē \

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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This is why Diversify Dietetics was formed: To establish a community, increase representation in a not so diverse field, provide education, and resources that remove barriers for future dietitians, and, ultimately, to change the face of nutrition. SELF, "8 Influencers Making the Wellness World More Inclusive," 7 Nov. 2018 But ultimately, it’s very clear that the movie’s interests lie in being a big, fun blockbuster. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: Spies in Disguise, Dogs, and more," 3 Nov. 2018 While many people loved both contestants, Shelton ultimately chose Marlowe to stay on his team. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Battles: Did You Notice the Chemistry Between Kameron Marlowe and Kayley Hill?," 28 Oct. 2018 Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can result in unnecessary physical pain, bone loss, organ damage, and, ultimately, organ failure. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "What You Need to Know About the Carnivore Diet," 7 Sep. 2018 But, ultimately, at their core, roller coasters aren’t much different than 15th century Russian ice slides, the Pennsylvania coal carts, switchback railways, and wooden up-and-downs of time’s past. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "From Death Traps to Disneyland: The 600-Year History of the Roller Coaster," 13 Aug. 2018 Then, last season, their new-direction rebuilding efforts were stymied by a midseason hot streak that left them on the outside of the tanking race, ultimately forcing them to settle for the 7th pick in the draft. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "Kevin Knox, Wendell Carter Jr., and Midsummer Hope for the Knicks and Bulls," 13 July 2018 An accommodation still must be reasonable, and if the noise level is excessive, that accommodation may ultimately be determined to be unreasonable. Kelly G. Richardson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "HOA Homefront: Are these rules valid?," 14 July 2018 Utley reached the World Series three times, ultimately winning the 2008 title with the Philadelphia Phillies. Scott Boeck, USA TODAY, "Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley plans to retire at end of the 2018 season," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of ultimately

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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