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Dictionary Definition

ultimate adj
1 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" [ant: proximate]
2 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"
3 being the ultimate or elemental constituents of anything; "the elemental stuff of...out of which the many forms of life have been molded"- Jack London; "the ultimate ingredients of matter"; "his proposal is elegantly simple" [syn: elemental]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Concerning the last or final thing in a series
  2. Being the greatest possible; maximum; most extreme.
    • E.g. The ultimate pleasure, or the ultimate disappointment
  3. Being the most distant or extreme; farthest
  4. That will happen sometime; eventual


last or final in a series
  • Italian: ultimo , ultima
greatest or maximum
  • Italian: estremo , estrema
most distant


  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

Extensive Definition

The ultimate is the last and final item in a series. The related words penultimate and antepenultimate refer to the second-to-last and the third-to-last item in a series, respectively.
Ultimate may refer to:

See also

  • Penult and antepenult, the second to last and third to last syllable of a word in linguistics.
ultimate in French: Ultimate
ultimate in Indonesian: Ultima
ultimate in Dutch: Ultimate

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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