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ul·ti·mate·ly

 (ŭl′tə-mĭt-lē)
adv.
At last; in the end; eventually.

ultimately

(ˈʌltɪmɪtlɪ)
adv
in the end; at last; finally

ultimately

lately
1. 'ultimately'

You use ultimately to indicate that something is the final result of a series of events.

The discovery may ultimately lead to the development of new contraceptives.
The rebels hoped to create bad feeling and ultimately war between Spain and the United States.

You also use ultimately when you are drawing attention to a basic fact about a situation.

Ultimately, the problems are not scientific but moral.
It is ultimately the fault of the universities.
2. 'lately'

You do not use ultimately to say that something has been happening since a short time ago. You do not say, for example, 'Ultimately I have been feeling rather unwell'. You say 'I have been feeling rather unwell lately'.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.ultimately - as the end result of a succession or processultimately - as the end result of a succession or process; "ultimately he had to give in"; "at long last the winter was over"

ultimately

adverb
2. fundamentally, essentially, basically, primarily, at heart, deep down Ultimately, Bismarck's revisionism scarcely affected British interests.

ultimately

adverb
After a considerable length of time, usually after a delay:
Translations
في النّهايَه، أخيرانِهَائِيّاً
konečněnakonec
i sidste ende
aikaennen kaikkealopuksipohjimmiltaanviime
na kraju
endanlega, aî lokum
最終的に
결국
slutligen
ท้ายที่สุด
cuối cùng thì

ultimately

[ˈʌltɪmɪtlɪ] ADV (= eventually) → al final, finalmente; (= in the end) → en última instancia; (= in the long run) → a la larga; (= fundamentally) → en el fondo
they were ultimately responsible for his deatheran responsables en última instancia de su muerte
the more difficult, but ultimately more satisfying, solutionla solución más difícil, pero a la larga la más satisfactoria
we provide this sort of service because, ultimately, that's what people wantfacilitamos esta clase de servicio porque, en el fondo, eso es lo que la gente quiere

ultimately

[ˈʌltɪmətli] adv
(= in the end) → au bout du compte
The struggle will ultimately succeed → Le combat finira par aboutir., Le combat aboutira au bout du compte.
Elections might ultimately produce a Communist victory
BUT Les élections pourraient se solder par une victoire des communistes.
(= basically) → au bout du compte
Ultimately, it's your decision → Au bout du compte, c'est votre décision.

ultimately

adv (= in the end)letztlich, letzten Endes; (= eventually)schließlich; (= fundamentally)im Grunde genommen, letztlich; it’s ultimately your decisionletztlich müssen Sie das entscheiden

ultimately

[ˈʌltɪmɪtlɪ] adv (in the end, eventually) → in fin dei conti, in definitiva; (in the last analysis) → in ultima analisi; (at last) → alla fine
to be ultimately responsible for sth → dover rispondere per primi di qc

ultimate

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

ultimately

نِهَائِيّاً nakonec i sidste ende letztlich τελικά en última instancia pohjimmiltaan au bout du compte na kraju infine 最終的に 결국 uiteindelijk til sist ostatecznie no final das contas в конце концов slutligen ท้ายที่สุด eninde sonunda cuối cùng thì 最后
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Where the old land surveyor had put down woods, lakes, and rivers, they marked out the cleared spaces, and dotted the villages and towns, and calculated the progressively increasing value of the territory, as if there were yet a prospect of its ultimately forming a princedom for themselves.
Even yet, though my thoughts were ultimately much absorbed in the task, it wears, to my eye, a stern and sombre aspect: too much ungladdened by genial sunshine; too little relieved by the tender and familiar influences which soften almost every scene of nature and real life, and undoubtedly should soften every picture of them.
There seems some ground to imagine that the great Kraken of Bishop Pontoppodan may ultimately resolve itself into Squid.
I knew all this would happen; I knew that ultimately the pressure would become so great that it would compel utterance; therefore, I must be ready with an answer at that time -- an answer well chosen and tran- quilizing.
Then there was a dispute about who saw the dead boys last in life, and many claimed that dismal dis- tinction, and offered evidences, more or less tampered with by the witness; and when it was ultimately decided who DID see the departed last, and exchanged the last words with them, the lucky parties took upon them- selves a sort of sacred importance, and were gaped at and envied by all the rest.
I was thinking this, and wondering what would ultimately become of my box, which Mr.
Having borne this flattering testimony to the merits of our dwelling-place, and having incidentally shown this tendency to call me "sir," Joe, being invited to sit down to table, looked all round the room for a suitable spot on which to deposit his hat - as if it were only on some very few rare substances in nature that it could find a resting place - and ultimately stood it on an extreme corner of the chimney-piece, from which it ever afterwards fell off at intervals.
I find that, ultimately, there are only two kinds of women, the plain and the coloured.
Ultimately, the telephone will flourish in China, as it has done in the Chinese quarter in San Francisco.
The foreign slave-trade, now imperfectly suppressed, would be ultimately revived, without restriction, in one section, while fugitive slaves, now only partially surrendered, would not be surrendered at all by the other.
It has more than once happened, that the deficiencies had to be ultimately collected at the point of the bayonet; a thing practicable, though dreadful, in a confedracy where one of the members exceeds in force all the rest, and where several of them are too small to meditate resistance; but utterly impracticable in one composed of members, several of which are equal to each other in strength and resources, and equal singly to a vigorous and persevering defense.
Another is puzzled to say which of these shapes it will ultimately assume, but sees clearly it must be one or other of them; whilst a fourth is not wanting, who with no less confidence affirms that the Constitution is so far from having a bias towards either of these dangers, that the weight on that side will not be sufficient to keep it upright and firm against its opposite propensities.