- The definition of ultimate is something that is the best of its kind.
- An example of something that would be described as ultimate is the end goal you set at the start of college of eventually going to business school.
- An example of someone who would be described as the ultimate example of a great athlete is someone who has won an Olympic gold medal.
- The ultimate is the consummate or best example of something.
An example of the ultimate is something that is the pinnacle of success.
ultimate definition by Webster's New World
- beyond which it is impossible to go; farthest; most remote or distant
- by which a process or series comes to an end; final; conclusive
- beyond which further analysis, division, etc. cannot be made; elemental; fundamental; primary
- greatest or highest possible; maximum; utmost
Origin: Late Latin ultimatus, past participle of ultimare, to come to an end ; from Classical Latin ultimus: see ultima
ultimate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Being last in a series, process, or progression: “As the ultimate arbiter of the Constitution, the Supreme Court occupies a central place in our scheme of government” (Richard A. Epstein).
- Fundamental; elemental: an ultimate truth.
- a. Of the greatest possible size or significance; maximum: Has the ultimate diamond been found?b. Representing or exhibiting the greatest possible development or sophistication: the ultimate bicycle.c. Utmost; extreme: the ultimate insult.
- Being most distant or remote; farthest. See Synonyms at last1.
- Eventual: hoped for ultimate victory.
- The basic or fundamental fact, element, or principle.
- The final point; the conclusion.
- The greatest extreme; the maximum: actions that represented the ultimate in political expediency.
Origin: Latin ultimātus, past participle of ultimāre, to come to an end, from ultimus, last, superlative of *ulter, on the other side; see al-1 in Indo-European roots.