- last; furthest or farthest; ending a process or series: the ultimate point in a journey; the ultimate style in hats.
- maximum; decisive; conclusive: the ultimate authority; the ultimate weapon.
- highest; not subsidiary: ultimate goal in life.
- basic; fundamental; representing a limit beyond which further progress, as in investigation or analysis, is impossible: the ultimate particle; ultimate principles.
- final; total: the ultimate consequences; the ultimate cost of a project.
- not to be improved upon or surpassed; greatest; unsurpassed: the ultimate vacation spot; the ultimate stupidity.
- the final point; final result.
- a fundamental fact or principle.
- the best, greatest, or most extreme of its kind.
- in the end; at last; finally
- conclusive in a series or process; last; finalan ultimate question
- the highest or most significantthe ultimate goal
- elemental, fundamental, basic, or essential
- most extremegenocide is the ultimate abuse of human rights
- final or totalan ultimate cost of twenty million pounds
- the most significant, highest, furthest, or greatest thing
adj.1650s, from Late Latin ultimatus, past participle of ultimare “to be final, come to an end,” from ultimus “last, final,” superlative of *ulter “beyond” (see ultra-). Ultimate Frisbee is attested from 1972.