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"ultimate" in British English

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ultimateadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈʌl.tɪ.mət/  us   /ˈʌl.tə.mət/
B2 most ​extreme or ​important because either the ​original or ​final, or the ​best or ​worst: Of ​course the ultimate ​responsibility for the ​presentconflict without ​doubtlies with the ​aggressor. My ​manager will make the ultimate ​decision about who to ​employ. Infidelity is the ultimate ​betrayal. the ultimate ​luxurycruiser

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ultimatenoun

uk   /ˈʌl.tɪ.mət/  us   /ˈʌl.tə.mət/
(Definition of ultimate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ultimate" in American English

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ultimateadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈʌl·tə·mət/
most ​important, ​highest, last, or ​final: Your ultimate ​goal is to ​play the ​game as well as you can.
Ultimate also ​means the ​best, most, or ​greatest of ​itskind: Some ​peoplebelieve that he is the ultimate ​painter of this ​century.
ultimate
noun [U]  us   /ˈʌl·tə·mət/
Winning was the ultimate, because ​ourteam had never ​won before.
(Definition of ultimate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"ultimate" in Business English

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ultimateadjective

uk   us   /ˈʌltɪmət/
last in a ​series: The ​CEO is ​responsible for making the ultimate decision. We are ​stopping off in Brussels and Cairo, but our ultimate ​destination is Chennai.
having more ​importance or more ​influence over what ​happens than all others: ultimate goal/aim Only one in 100 ​workers will ​achieve the ultimate ​goal and ​retire on two-thirds of ​finalsalary. The ​manager has ultimate ​responsibility for all ​investmentadvisoryservices. The ​corporate HQ in the UK has ultimate ​authority over all our ​overseasoperations.
(Definition of ultimate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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