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adjective [only before noun] ultimate pronunciation in British English /ˈʌltɪmət/
  1. 1
    happening at the end of a process or activity
    The incident affected the ultimate outcome of the war.
    ultimate goal/aim/objective: Independence remains their ultimate political goal.
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  2. 2
    if you have something such as ultimate power or responsibility, you have more power or responsibility than anyone else
    Parents must have ultimate responsibility for their children’s safety.
    The ultimate decision must be made by the Chief Constable himself.
  3. 3
    as good or as bad as possible
    They suffered the ultimate humiliation of defeat by their oldest enemies.
    The house provides the ultimate luxury retreat.
    1. a.
      used about something that is better, more extreme, or more important than all others
      The threat of strike action was their ultimate weapon in talks with management.
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  4. 4
    relating to the origins or basic form of something
    Science is a search for the ultimate truths about the universe.



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the buying and selling of human organs

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