ultra

adjective
ul·​tra | \ ˈəl-trə How to pronounce ultra (audio) \

Definition of ultra

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: going beyond others or beyond due limit : extreme

ultra

noun

Definition of ultra (Entry 2 of 3)

: one that is ultra : extremist

ultra-

prefix

Definition of ultra- (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : beyond in space : on the other side : trans- ultraviolet
2 : beyond the range or limits of : transcending : super- ultramicroscopic
3 : beyond what is ordinary, proper, or moderate : excessively : extremely ultramodern

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Examples of ultra in a Sentence

Adjective espouses a kind of ultra conservatism that even some members of his own party cannot support
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And there’s no question that this tremendous feat is due in no small part to the market being flooded with ultra-cheap Chromebook laptops. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Amazon has the $500 Acer Chromebook Spin 11 for $265 today," 29 Apr. 2021 Corporations and higher-income individuals have been the ones benefiting as ultra-low interest rates propelled stock prices, home values and company profits. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: We’re going to Disneyland!," 29 Apr. 2021 In this case, the ultra-modern residence has a facade that’s almost entirely covered in glass. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "These YouTubers Are Lifting the Veil on America’s Most Expensive Homes," 29 Apr. 2021 The Federal Reserve's ultra-low interest-rate policy, which is intended to encourage borrowing and spending, has provided significant support, too. Martin Crutsinger, Star Tribune, "US economy accelerated at a robust 6.4% rate last quarter," 29 Apr. 2021 But very few people, even among ultra-wealthy Americans, would end up paying the new higher tax, according to the Wharton researchers. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Wealthy would dodge 90% of Biden's capital gains tax increase, study says," 29 Apr. 2021 The Federal Reserve’s ultra-low interest-rate policy, designed to encourage borrowing and spending, has provided significant support, too. Martin Crutsinger And Paul Wiseman, chicagotribune.com, "‘We are seeing all the engines of the economy rev up’: The pandemic recovery is gaining speed," 29 Apr. 2021 But with another new ultra-low-cost carrier spooling up to launch this summer — Avelo from former Allegiant President Andrew Levy — there will suddenly be six budget airlines in America, all competing for a price-sensitive market that’s shrunk. Jeremy Bogaisky, Forbes, "JetBlue’s Founder Thinks You Need A Vacation – And He’s Launching A New Airline To Get You There," 28 Apr. 2021 Once the game started, Smith got outs in a hurry, collecting 12 of them on only 36 pitches as Padres hitters were ultra-aggressive against Riley’s fastball-heavy attack. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, "Padres hammer short-handed Diamondbacks," 28 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun No, friends, the enforcement component of the Ultra-Millionaire Tax Act of 2021 is not just for ultra-millionaires. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Tax Increases and the ‘Inequality’ Excuse," 24 Mar. 2021 But solo efforts are an inevitable aspect of training for an ultra. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "Trail Runner Andrea Huser Dies After Fall in the Alps," 3 Dec. 2020 Moats, with marathons and ultra-marathons (anything longer than the traditional 26.2 miles) on his running resume, was determined to be healthy enough to participate in the 2020 Marine Corps race. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "New Windsor man with terminal brain cancer fulfills Marine Corps Marathon dream thanks to friends, family," 26 Aug. 2020 It has been taken up not only by Eintracht’s ultras, but by their counterparts at clubs across Germany. Rory Smith, New York Times, "In Germany’s Bundesliga, a Power Struggle Plays Out on Banners," 4 Mar. 2020 In fact, guns are valued accessories of the ultras, antis, and other fanatics. Carl Bakal, Harper's Magazine, "Who Has the Guns?," 30 Mar. 2020 Mr Johnson will either have to face down his own Brexit ultras or hammer the economy with a minimal EU deal. The Economist, "Britain’s election Victory for Boris Johnson’s all-new Tories," 13 Dec. 2019 In addition, when Neymar's name was heard over the loudspeaker, PSG's ultras jeered and whistled. Luis Miguel Echegaray, SI.com, "Neymar Booed as Brazilian Returns to PSG's First Team vs. Strasbourg," 14 Sep. 2019 There were fears of racist insults from Juve ultras towards Mario Balotelli before this top of the table clash. SI.com, "Inter vs Juventus: 6 Classic Derby d'Italia Games Ahead of this Weekend," 5 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of ultra

Adjective

1818, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1819, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ultra

Adjective

ultra-

Noun

ultra-

Prefix

Latin, from ultra beyond, adverb & preposition, from *ulter situated beyond — more at ulterior

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1 May 2021

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“Ultra.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ultra. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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ultra-

prefix

English Language Learners Definition of ultra-

: beyond : extremely : more than is usual
technical : beyond the range or limits of

ultra

adjective
ul·​tra | \ ˈəl-trə How to pronounce ultra (audio) \

Kids Definition of ultra

: extreme entry 1 sense 1 ultra plush chair

ultra-

prefix

Kids Definition of ultra-

1 : beyond in space : on the other side ultraviolet
2 : beyond the limits of : super-
3 : beyond what is ordinary or proper

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