Ultimate meaning

ŭl'tə-mĭt
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.

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The greatest extreme; the maximum.

Actions that represented the ultimate in political expediency.

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Beyond which further analysis, division, etc. cannot be made; elemental; fundamental; primary.
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The final or most distant point; the conclusion.
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The ultimate is the consummate or best example of something.

An example of the ultimate is something that is the pinnacle of success.

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Fundamental; elemental.

An ultimate truth.

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Beyond which it is impossible to go; farthest; most remote or distant.
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By which a process or series comes to an end; final; conclusive.
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Greatest or highest possible; maximum; utmost.
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Something ultimate; final point or result, fundamental principle, etc.
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Final; last in a series.
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(of a syllable) Last in a word or other utterance.
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Being the greatest possible; maximum; most extreme.

The ultimate pleasure.

The ultimate disappointment.

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Being the most distant or extreme; farthest.
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That will happen at some time; eventual.
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Last in a train of progression or consequences; tended toward by all that precedes; arrived at, as the last result; final.
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Incapable of further analysis; incapable of further division or separation; constituent; elemental.

An ultimate constituent of matter.

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The most basic or fundamental of a set of things.
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The greatest extremity; the maximum.
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(uncountable) The sport of ultimate frisbee.
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Origin of ultimate

  • Latin ultimātus past participle of ultimāre to come to an end from ultimus last superlative of *ulter on the other side al-1 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Medieval Latin ultimatus (“furthest, last"), past participle of Latin ultimare (“to come to an end"), from ultimus (“last, final"); see ultra-.
    From Wiktionary