One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the decline and ultimate collapse of the Empire’
eventual, last, final, concluding, conclusive, terminal, end, endmost, furthest
resulting, ensuing, consequent, subsequent
2‘ultimate truths about human civilization’
fundamental, basic, primary, prime, elementary, elemental, absolute, actual, definitive, central, key, crucial, vital, essential, pivotal
3‘the ultimate gift for cat lovers’
best, ideal, greatest, supreme, paramount, superlative, highest, unsurpassed, unrivalled, topmost, utmost, optimum, quintessential
1‘a studio apartment offering the ultimate in luxury living’
utmost, optimum, last word, very limit, height, epitome, peak, pinnacle, acme, apex, apogee, zenith, culmination, perfection, nonpareil, extreme, extremity
crème de la crème, dernier cri, beau idéal
ne plus ultra
informal the best thing since sliced bread, the bee's knees, the cat's pyjamas, the cat's whiskers
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