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ultimate

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adjective ul·ti·mate \ˈəl-tə-mət\

Definition of ultimate

  1. 1 a :  most remote in space or time :  farthest b :  last in a progression or series :  final <their ultimate destination was Paris> c :  eventual 2 <they hoped for ultimate success> d :  the best or most extreme of its kind :  utmost <the ultimate sacrifice>

  2. 2 :  arrived at as the last result <the ultimate question>

  3. 3 a :  basic, fundamental <the ultimate nature of things — A. N. Whitehead> b :  original 1 <the ultimate source> c :  incapable of further analysis, division, or separation

ultimateness

noun

Examples of ultimate in a sentence

  1. Their ultimate fate has not yet been decided.

  2. Our ultimate aim is to increase production.

Origin and Etymology of ultimate

Medieval Latin ultimatus last, final, from Late Latin, past participle of ultimare to come to an end, be last, from Latin ultimus farthest, last, final, superl. of Latin *ulter situated beyond


First Known Use: 1640

Synonym Discussion of ultimate

last, final, terminal, ultimate mean following all others (as in time, order, or importance). last applies to something that comes at the end of a series but does not always imply that the series is completed or stopped <last page of a book> <last news we had of him>. final applies to that which definitely closes a series, process, or progress <final day of school>. terminal may indicate a limit of extension, growth, or development <terminal phase of a disease>. ultimate implies the last degree or stage of a long process beyond which further progress or change is impossible <the ultimate collapse of the system>.

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ultimate

noun ul·ti·mate

Definition of ultimate

  1. 1 :  something ultimate; especially :  fundamental

  2. 2 :  acme

  3. 3 capitalized :  ultimate frisbee

1681

First Known Use of ultimate

1681

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verb ul·ti·mate \-mət, -ˌmāt\

Definition of ultimate

ultimated

ultimating

  1. :  end

Circa 1834

First Known Use of ultimate

circa 1834



ULTIMATE Defined for English Language Learners

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ultimate

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adjective ul·ti·mate \ˈəl-tə-mət\

Definition of ultimate for English Language Learners

  • : happening or coming at the end of a process, series of events, etc.

  • : greatest or most extreme

  • —used to refer to the original or basic source or cause of something


ULTIMATE Defined for Kids

ultimate

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adjective ul·ti·mate \ˈəl-tə-mət\

Definition of ultimate for Students

  1. 1 :  last in a series :  final <The traveler's ultimate destination was Rome.>

  2. 2 :  most extreme <the ultimate sacrifice>

  3. 3 :  relating to or being the chief or most important <She has ultimate responsibility for the accident.>

ultimately

adverb


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