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ultimate +‎ -ly


  • IPA(key): /ˈʌltɪmətli/
  • Hyphenation: ul‧tim‧ate‧ly


ultimately (not comparable)

  1. Indicating the last item.
    Firstly, ... Secondly, ... Ultimately, ...
  2. Indicating the most important action.
    Ultimately, he will have to make a decision before the end of the week.
    • 2011 October 29, Neil Johnston, “Norwich 3 - 3 Blackburn”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      That Wolves reached half-time on level terms had much to do with the ultimately luckless Hennessey, who was in action in the opening minute to tip away Samir Nasri's shot following a City corner.
  3. (linguistics) Used to indicate the etymon at which a given etymological derivation terminates.
    Cognate to Gottscheerish boßər, bàsser. Ultimately cognate to standard High German Wasser.
    Shortened from maxiature, ultimately from Latin maximus ("large").
    Ultimately from Latin equus ("horse").


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