What does ultimate mean?

Definitions for ultimate
ˈʌl tə mɪtul·ti·mate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ultimateadjective

    the finest or most superior quality of its kind

    "the ultimate in luxury"

  2. ultimateadjective

    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"

  3. ultimateadjective

    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"


  1. ultimatenoun

    The most basic or fundamental of a set of things

  2. ultimatenoun

    The final or most distant point; the conclusion

  3. ultimatenoun

    The greatest extremity; the maximum

  4. ultimateadjective

    Concerning the last or final thing in a series.

  5. ultimateadjective

    Last in a word or other utterance.

  6. ultimateadjective

    Being the greatest possible; maximum; most extreme.

  7. ultimateadjective

    Being the most distant or extreme; farthest

  8. ultimateadjective

    That will happen sometime; eventual

  9. Etymology: From ultimatus, past participle of ultimare, from ultimus; see ultra-.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ultimateadjective

    farthest; most remote in space or time; extreme; last; final

  2. Ultimateadjective

    last in a train of progression or consequences; tended toward by all that precedes; arrived at, as the last result; final

  3. Ultimateadjective

    incapable of further analysis; incapable of further division or separation; constituent; elemental; as, an ultimate constituent of matter

  4. Ultimate

    to come or bring to an end; to eventuate; to end

  5. Ultimate

    to come or bring into use or practice


  1. Ultimate

    Ultimate is a team sport played with a flying disc. The object of the game is to score points by passing the disc to a player in the opposing end zone, similar to an end zone in American football or the in-goal area in rugby. Players may not run with the disc, and must keep a pivot while holding the disc. While originally called ultimate frisbee, it is now officially called ultimate in many areas because Frisbee is registered as a trademark, albeit genericized, for the line of discs made by the Wham-O toy company. In 2008, there were 4.9 million Ultimate players in the US.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ultimate

    ul′ti-māt, adj. furthest: last: incapable of further division.—adv. Ul′timately.—n. Ultimā′tum, the final proposition or terms for a treaty:—pl. Ultimā′ta.—adj. Ul′timo, in the last (month).—n. Ul′timo-gen′iture, the same as Borough-English (q.v.)—opp. to Primogeniture.—Ultimus hæres (law), the crown or the state, which succeeds to the property of those who die intestate, without leaving next of kin, or who, being bastards, have no next of kin. [L. ultimus, the last, superl. of ulter.]

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  1. Ultimate

    last or final: that larval stage just before pupation.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ultimate' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3782

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ultimate' in Adjectives Frequency: #503

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ultimate in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ultimate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of ultimate in a Sentence

  1. District Attorney Janet DiFiore:

    Throughout his five years, Garnett Spears was forced to suffer through repeated hospitalizations, unneeded surgical procedures and ultimately poisoning with salt, all at the hands of the one person who should have been his ultimate protector: his mother, using the child’s 'illnesses' to self aggrandize herself, her actions directly lead to her son’s tortured death.

  2. Chuang-tzu:

    Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.

  3. Patricia Sampson:

    Self-reliance is the only road to true freedom, and being one's own person is its ultimate reward.

  4. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Happiness is the ultimate destination for life.

  5. Zig Ziglar:

    It's your aptitude, not just your attitude that determines your ultimate altitude.

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  • أقصىArabic
  • ultimativeDanish
  • letzlich, äußerster, letzter, ultimativGerman
  • τελικόςGreek
  • finfinaEsperanto
  • extremo, máximo, final, último, mayorSpanish
  • ülimEstonian
  • نهاییPersian
  • dernier, ultimeFrench
  • deiridhIrish
  • परमHindi
  • terakhirIndonesian
  • ultimativo, conclusiva, conclusivo, ultimativa, ultimo, estrema, definitivo, estremo, ultima, definitiva, finaleItalian
  • საბოლოო, მაქსიმალური, უკიდურესი, უკანასკნელიGeorgian
  • ಅಂತಿಮKannada
  • ultimusLatin
  • последен, најдалечен, врвен, конечен, најголем, завршен, краенMacedonian
  • ultiem, laatst, uiteindelijk, definitiefDutch
  • endelig, ultimatNorwegian
  • największy, ostatni, najwyższyPolish
  • finalPortuguese
  • finalRomanian
  • окончательный, крайний, конечный, наидальнейший, последний, завершительный, наибольший, наивысшийRussian
  • najdaljiSerbo-Croatian
  • slutliga, slutgiltig, ultimat, slutligSwedish
  • இறுதிTamil
  • ที่สุดThai

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    a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody
    • A. aberrate
    • B. gloat
    • C. suffuse
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