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"ultimately" in British English

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ultimatelyadverb

uk   /ˈʌl.tɪ.mət.li/  us   /-t̬ə-/
C1 finally, after a ​series of things have ​happened: Everything will ultimately ​depend on what is said at the ​meeting with the ​directors next ​week. Ultimately, of ​course, he'd like to have his own ​business but that won't be for some ​time.C2 used to ​emphasize the most ​importantfact in a ​situation: Ultimately, he'll have to ​decide.

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(Definition of ultimately from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ultimately" in American English

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ultimatelyadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈʌl·tə·mət·li/
finally; in the end: Our ​plans ultimately ​depend on the ​weather.
(Definition of ultimately from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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