• (British) IPA: /ˈʌltɪmɪt/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈʌltəmɪt/

ultimate (not comparable)

  1. Final; last in a series.
  2. (of a syllable) Last in a word or other utterance.
  3. Being the greatest possible; maximum; most extreme.
    the ultimate pleasure
    the ultimate disappointment
    • 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page vii:
      Hepaticology, outside the temperate parts of the Northern Hemisphere, still lies deep in the shadow cast by that ultimate "closet taxonomist," Franz Stephani—a ghost whose shadow falls over us all.
  4. Being the most distant or extreme; farthest.
  5. That will happen at some time; eventual.
  6. Last in a train of progression or consequences; tended toward by all that precedes; arrived at, as the last result; final.
    • those ultimate truths and those universal laws of thought which we cannot rationally contradict
  7. Incapable of further analysis; incapable of further division or separation; constituent; elemental.
    an ultimate constituent of matter
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ultimate (plural ultimates)

  1. The most basic or fundamental of a set of things
  2. The final or most distant point; the conclusion
  3. The greatest extremity; the maximum
  4. (uncountable) A non-contact competitive team sport played with a 175 gram flying disc, the object of which is to score points by passing the disc to a player in the opposing end zone.
    pedialite Ultimate (sport)

ultimate (ultimates, present participle ultimating; past and past participle ultimated)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To finish; to complete.
    • 1869, The New-Jerusalem Magazine (volume 41, page 36)
      These measures have been carried forward with a zeal and unanimity that warrant the hope we entertain, of ultimating the plans in respect to our Temple, before the next meeting of the Maryland Association.

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