1 adj You use ultimate to describe the final result or aim of a long series of events.
He said it is still not possible to predict the ultimate outcome..., The ultimate aim is to expand the network further.
2 adj You use ultimate to describe the original source or cause of something.
Plants are the ultimate source of all foodstuffs..., The ultimate cause of what's happened seems to have been the advertising campaign.
3 adj You use ultimate to describe the most important or powerful thing of a particular kind.
...the ultimate power of the central government..., Of course, the ultimate authority remained the presidency...
4 adj You use ultimate to describe the most extreme and unpleasant example of a particular thing.
Bringing back the death penalty would be the ultimate abuse of human rights...
5 adj You use ultimate to describe the best possible example of a particular thing.
Caviar and oysters on ice are generally considered the ultimate luxury foods.
6 The ultimate in something is the best or most advanced example of it.
the ultimate in phrase PHR n/-ing, usu v-link PHR, PHR after v
This hotel is the ultimate in luxury...
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