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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The massive vehicle was tested twice on unmanned missions (both ultimately successful) but the second flight had serious glitches, including vertical oscillations (dubbed the pogo effect) and premature engine shutdowns. Ernie Mastroianni, Discover Magazine, "Apollo 8: Humanity's First Trip to the Moon," 21 Dec. 2018 All of this work means that, ultimately, the browser engine that powers Chrome will get better on Windows. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft is rebuilding its Edge browser on Chrome and bringing it to the Mac," 6 Dec. 2018 Bustos ultimately won with 117 votes, Heck picked up 83, and DelBene received 32. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Bustos will focus her attention on Middle America ahead of 2020.," 29 Nov. 2018 Comcast ultimately won control of Sky with its $38.8 billion bid, while Disney agreed to pay $71 billion for most of Fox’s assets. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "Disney Consolidates Ad-Serving With Google, Ends Relationship With Comcast’s Freewheel," 27 Nov. 2018 Cruz ultimately won by three percentage points, an unusually close contest in the red state of Texas. Taylor Crumpton, Teen Vogue, "Beto O'Rourke Won With Texas's Black Women Because We Are Still the Moral Compass of United States Politics," 12 Nov. 2018 Dilton took a combination of cyanide and some blue Kool-Aide-like beverage, which is what ultimately killed him. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About the "Riverdale" Season 3 Flashback Episode," 19 Oct. 2018 But then Farrow took his work to the prestigious New Yorker and ultimately won the Pulitzer Prize and helped launch the #MeToo movement with the outing of Weinstein. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Emmy Awards a 'toothless' NBC self-promotion onslaught peppered with #MeToo cracks, critics say," 18 Sep. 2018 Yes, the 29-year-old medical sales rep was the guy who ultimately won Kufrin's heart on this season of The Bachelorette, but their courtship's been plagued with controversy. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Bachelorette's Garrett Yrigoyen Explains Why He Followed Those Instagram Accounts in the First Place," 7 Aug. 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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