Meaning of “ultimately” in the English Dictionary

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"ultimately" in British English

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ultimatelyadverb

uk /ˈʌl.tɪ.mət.li/ us /ˈʌl.tə.mət.li/

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 important fact in a situation:

Ultimately, he'll have to decide.

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  • His ambition is ultimately to run his own business.
  • Responsibility for the disaster must ultimately lie with the government.
  • Ultimately, if the product is poor, the business will fail.
  • Ultimately, they decided to close the mine.

(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)