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ul·ti·mate

 (ŭl′tə-mĭt)
adj.
1.
a. 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). See Synonyms at last1.
b. Eventual: hoped for ultimate victory.
2. Fundamental; elemental: an ultimate truth.
3.
a. Of the greatest possible size or significance; maximum: the ultimate act of courage.
b. Representing or exhibiting the greatest possible development or sophistication: the ultimate bicycle.
c. Utmost; extreme: the ultimate insult.
n.
The greatest extreme; the maximum: actions that represented the ultimate in political expediency.

[Latin ultimātus, past participle of ultimāre, to come to an end, from ultimus, last, superlative of *ulter, on the other side; see al- in Indo-European roots.]

ultimate

(ˈʌltɪmɪt)
adj
1. conclusive in a series or process; last; final: an ultimate question.
2. the highest or most significant: the ultimate goal.
3. elemental, fundamental, basic, or essential
4. most extreme: genocide is the ultimate abuse of human rights.
5. final or total: an ultimate cost of twenty million pounds.
n
the most significant, highest, furthest, or greatest thing
[C17: from Late Latin ultimāre to come to an end, from Latin ultimus last, from ulter distant]
ˈultimateness n

ul•ti•mate

(ˈʌl tə mɪt)

adj.
1. last; furthest or farthest: the ultimate destination.
2. decisive; conclusive: the ultimate authority.
3. highest; most desirable: one's ultimate goal.
4. basic; fundamental: ultimate principles.
5. final; total: the ultimate cost; ultimate consequences.
6. unequaled or unsurpassed: the ultimate vacation.
n.
7. the final point or result.
8. a fundamental fact or principle.
9. the finest or most superior of its kind.
[1645–55; < Late Latin ultimāre to come to an end]
ul′ti•mate•ly, adv.
ul′ti•mate•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ultimate - the finest or most superior quality of its kind; "the ultimate in luxury"
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
Adj.1.ultimate - furthest or highest in degree or orderultimate - furthest or highest in degree or order; utmost or extreme; "the ultimate achievement"; "the ultimate question"; "man's ultimate destiny"; "the ultimate insult"; "one's ultimate goal in life"
proximate - closest in degree or order (space or time) especially in a chain of causes and effects; "news of his proximate arrival"; "interest in proximate rather than ultimate goals"
2.ultimate - being the last or concluding element of a seriesultimate - being the last or concluding element of a series; "the ultimate sonata of that opus"; "a distinction between the verb and noun senses of `conflict' is that in the verb the stress is on the ultimate (or last) syllable"
last - coming after all others in time or space or degree or being the only one remaining; "the last time I saw Paris"; "the last day of the month"; "had the last word"; "waited until the last minute"; "he raised his voice in a last supreme call"; "the last game of the season"; "down to his last nickel"

ultimate

adjective
1. final, eventual, conclusive, last, end, furthest, extreme, terminal, decisive He said it is still not possible to predict the ultimate outcome.
2. fundamental, basic, primary, radical, elemental the ultimate cause of what's happened
3. supreme, highest, greatest, maximum, paramount, most significant, superlative, topmost Of course the ultimate authority remained the presidency.
4. worst, greatest, utmost, extreme Treachery was the ultimate sin.
5. best, greatest, supreme, optimum, quintessential the ultimate luxury foods
noun
1. epitome, height, greatest, summit, peak, extreme, perfection, the last word This hotel is the ultimate in luxury.

ultimate

adjective
1. Of or relating to a terminative condition, stage, or point:
2. Of or being an irreducible element:
3. Greatest in quantity or highest in degree that has been or can be attained:
4. Of the greatest possible degree, quality, or intensity:
5. Most distant or remote, as from a center:
noun
The greatest quantity or highest degree attainable:
Translations
نِهائي، أخيرنِهَائِيّ
konečný
endeligultimativ
ülim
lopullinen
konačan
endanlegur, loka-
最終的な
최후의
galop
galīgspēdējais
slutlig
สุดท้าย
en sonson
cuối cùng

ultimate

[ˈʌltɪmɪt]
A. ADJ
1. (= final) [aim, decision, destination] → final
she will retain ultimate responsibility for budgetsella será la responsable en última instancia de los presupuestos, ella tendrá la máxima responsabilidad sobre presupuestos
2. (= greatest) [power, sacrifice] → máximo; [control] → total; [insult] → peor
the ultimate deterrent (Mil) → el mayor disuasivo
it will be the ultimate test of his abilitiessupondrá la mayor prueba de su capacidad
3. (= best) the ultimate sports carlo último en coches deportivos
4. (= basic) [purpose, truth, cause, source] → fundamental, principal
5. (= furthest) → más remoto, extremo
B. N the ultimate in luxurylo último en lujos
it's the ultimate in hairstylinges el último grito en estilos de peinado

ultimate

[ˈʌltɪmət]
adj
(= final) [outcome, success, decision, responsibility] → final(e); [aim, goal, objective, target] → ultime
the ultimate aim is to → le but ultime est de
(= fundamental) [source, cause, truth] → ultime
(= supreme) [authority, power, challenge, test] → suprême
It was the ultimate adventure → C'était l'aventure suprême.
It's the ultimate challenge → C'est le défi suprême.
(= worst) [sin, disgrace, insult, abuse] → suprême
(= best) [luxury] → suprême
the ultimate car → le summum de la voiture
the ultimate holiday → le summum des vacances
n
the ultimate in sth → le summum de qch
This car is the ultimate in luxury → Cette voiture est le summum du luxe.

ultimate

adj
(= final)letzte(r, s); destiny, solution, decisionendgültig; controloberste(r, s); authorityhöchste(r, s); beneficiaryeigentlich; ultimate goal or aimEndziel nt; ultimate result/outcomeEndergebnis nt; he came to the ultimate conclusion that …er kam schließlich zu der Einsicht, dass …; what is your ultimate ambition in life?was streben Sie letzten Endes or letztlich im Leben an?; although they had no ultimate hope of escapeobwohl letztlich or im Endeffekt keine Hoffnung auf Flucht bestand
(= that cannot be improved on)vollendet, perfekt, ultimativ; the ultimate sports carder Sportwagen in höchster Vollendung, der ultimative Sportwagen; the ultimate insultder Gipfel der Beleidigung; the ultimate sindie schlimmste Sünde; the ultimate disgracedie größte Schande; the ultimate deterrent (Mil) → das endgültige Abschreckungsmittel; (fig)die äußerste Abschreckungsmaßnahme; the ultimate weapon (Mil) → die Superwaffe; (fig)das letzte und äußerste Mittel; death is the ultimate sacrificeder Tod ist das allergrößte Opfer
(= basic) causeeigentlich; explanationgrundsätzlich; truthletzte(r, s); ultimate principle/problemGrundprinzip/-problem nt; ultimate constituentsGrundbestandteile pl
(= furthest)entfernteste(r, s); boundary of universe, frontieräußerste(r, s); ancestorsfrüheste(r, s); the ultimate origins of mandie frühesten Ursprünge des Menschen
nNonplusultra nt; that is the ultimate in comfortdas ist Superkomfort or das Höchste an Komfort

ultimate

[ˈʌltɪmɪt]
1. adj
a. (final, result, outcome) → finale; (conclusion) → definitivo/a; (destination) → ultimo/a
b. (greatest, insult) → massimo/a; (authority) → supremo/a, massimo/a
the ultimate deterrent (Mil) → il mezzo di dissuasione risolutivo
c. (principle, cause) → fondamentale
2. n the ultimate in luxuryil non plus ultra del lusso

ultimate

(ˈaltimət) adjective
last or final.
ˈultimately adverb
in the end. We hope ultimately to be able to buy a house of our own.

ultimate

نِهَائِيّ konečný ultimativ letzter απώτατος final lopullinen dernier konačan massimo 最終的な 최후의 ultiem elementær ostateczny final окончательный slutlig สุดท้าย son cuối cùng 最终的

ultimate

a. último-a, final; fundamental.
References in classic literature ?
As the couple grew older, they quarrelled more and more often about the ultimate disposition of their `property.
She smiled, just as if she had been asked to inspect a tiara of diamonds with the ultimate view of purchasing it.
Duncan began to breathe more freely, believing that the weight of his examination was past; and, as he had already prepared a simple and probable tale to support his pretended occupation, his hopes of ultimate success grew brighter.
So confident were they of that ultimate prospect, that the wealth already thus obtained was religiously expended in engines and machinery for the boring of wells and the conveyance of that precious water which the exhausted river had long since ceased to yield.
For example, an uncle--who had sailed for India fifty years before, and never been heard of since--might yet return, and adopt her to be the comfort of his very extreme and decrepit age, and adorn her with pearls, diamonds, and Oriental shawls and turbans, and make her the ultimate heiress of his unreckonable riches.
If the child, on the other hand, were really capable of moral and religious growth, and possessed the elements of ultimate salvation, then, surely, it would enjoy all the fairer prospect of these advantages by being transferred to wiser and better guardianship than Hester Prynne's.
But to what ultimate generalizing purpose all these have written, the above cited extracts will show.
And as upon the invasion of their valleys, the frosty Swiss have retreated to their mountains; so, hunted from the savannas and glades of the middle seas, the whale-bone whales can at last resort to their Polar citadels, and diving under the ultimate glassy barriers and walls there, come up among icy fields and floes; and in a charmed circle of everlasting December, bid defiance to all pursuit from man.
He seemed to devour me with his flaming glance: physically, I felt, at the moment, powerless as stubble exposed to the draught and glow of a furnace: mentally, I still possessed my soul, and with it the certainty of ultimate safety.
The same conviction had stricken him as me, from the instant he beheld her, that there was no prospect of ultimate recovery there - she was fated, sure to die.
Lecount, unenlightened by any suspicion of the housekeeper's ultimate object, cowed by the immovable scrutiny of Captain Wragge's inquiring eye, Noel Vanstone was not long in making his choice.
Now that this was changed, and he knew himself to be invested through that old trial with forces to which they both looked for Charles's ultimate safety and deliverance, he became so far exalted by the change, that he took the lead and direction, and required them as the weak, to trust to him as the strong.