1. [ adjective ] 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"

Related terms: proximate final highest supreme eventual crowning last-ditch farthest last-ditch ultimateness
2. [ adjective ] 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"

Related terms: last
3. [ adjective ] being the ultimate or elemental constituents of anything
Synonyms: elemental

"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"

Related terms: simple simple
Similar spelling:   ultimately