Definition of ultimately in US English:



  • 1Finally; in the end.

    ‘the largest firms may ultimately become unstoppable’
    • ‘It is there, in birth, in sickness, in recovery, and ultimately in death that we can all find our common humanity.’
    • ‘The condition, which is currently incurable, ultimately leads to premature death.’
    • ‘So faced with an uncertain future, a part of which was ultimately death, my mind went into overdrive.’
    • ‘Eventually, you will get better jobs and, ultimately, a bigger piece of the pie.’
    • ‘The reshuffle was intended to be a much simpler affair than it ultimately became.’
    • ‘He intended to renovate it as his private house, but ultimately decided to turn it into a small hotel.’
    • ‘She hopes her gamble will pay off, that Edinburgh will be the start of a tour that may ultimately reach London's West End.’
    • ‘It will be yet another blow to Cheam and would ultimately tarnish the area and its image.’
    • ‘Combined with all the other factors limiting economic growth, this could lead ultimately to state failure.’
    • ‘Each chief executive of a health authority is ultimately responsible for all clinical activity in the area.’
    • ‘Which way you finally bet will ultimately depend on how badly you can't afford to lose.’
    • ‘He is the part of us all that goes into the darkness, and finally ultimately achieves the goal.’
    • ‘Two spins at Luffield would ultimately contribute to the Eclipse car eventually finishing down in sixth place.’
    • ‘He eventually became deputy head and ultimately headteacher of St Blaise School in Bierley.’
    • ‘From then on the ideas planted in four parts of the area will take shape and ultimately take root.’
    • ‘That illness was the beginning of the long decline that led ultimately to her death.’
    • ‘In many instances, no provision was made for eventualities that ultimately did occur.’
    • ‘It may culminate in chronic valvular disease and can lead to heart failure and ultimately death.’
    • ‘I do not see how the plaintiff will be harmed by alleging now the facts on which he ultimately intends to rely.’
    • ‘This eventually was proved in front of a jury and ultimately led to the cases being dismissal.’
    eventually, in the end, in the long run, at length, finally, sooner or later, in time, in the fullness of time, after some time, in the final analysis, when all is said and done, one day, some day, sometime, at last, at long last
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    1. 1.1 At the most basic level.
      ‘ultimately he has only himself to blame’
      • ‘The middle class has ultimately disappeared and, as a result, the society has lost its political stability.’
      • ‘Lest we forget though - and it is often so easily done - it is ultimately, at its very core, still just a game.’
      • ‘It is change at the societal level that will ultimately determine what our culture will be.’
      • ‘It works on many different levels and ultimately it is goofy fun and that's classic Disney.’
      • ‘What ultimately makes a community is the level of connection felt between its members.’
      • ‘Thus it is that the rise of the network society has ultimately tamed and domesticated relations within firms.’
      • ‘It's not his fault that ultimately he was asked to do a job for which he is not equipped, that of being an international rugby player.’
      • ‘There is ultimately no difference, since the basic point here is aiming toward their liberation from the six realms.’
      • ‘If you have an underlying belief that things should be perfect you ultimately define whole systems by single failures.’
      • ‘Sea level and climate are ultimately linked, and their effects cannot always be separated.’
      • ‘It is not some video game, with spectacular special effects but ultimately no-one is hurt.’
      • ‘However, an ultimately depressing day had begun with a reminder of cricket's place in the grand scheme of things.’
      • ‘Sometimes the work involves talking to the people who will ultimately be snared by the team's investigations.’
      • ‘Not exactly a balanced diet, but a more efficient and ultimately more satisfying use of the area.’
      • ‘Yesterday I was in a very dark, unhappy and, ultimately, self-destructive mood.’
      • ‘Still, there's ultimately nothing funnier to me than a good joke.’
      • ‘The pub firm recommended a cash offer and shareholders ultimately had no alternative other than to accept the bid.’
      • ‘This level of training is ultimately about intellectually learning less but refining yourself more.’
      • ‘They are being carried out to ultimately improve the area for motorists and pedestrians alike.’
      • ‘Also, due to the stiff competition for what is ultimately a very small pot of gold, not getting an award or funding is not the end of the road.’
      fundamentally, basically, primarily, essentially, at heart, deep down
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