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EtymologyEdit

ultimate +‎ -ly

PronunciationEdit

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

AdverbEdit

ultimately (not comparable)

  1. Indicating the last item.
    Synonyms: at last, finally, in the end; see also Thesaurus:lastly
    Firstly,… Secondly,… Ultimately,…
  2. Indicating the most important action.
    Synonyms: at the end of the day, when all is said and done; see also Thesaurus:fundamentally
    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.
    Synonym: terminal etymon
    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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