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"ultimatum" in British English

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ultimatumnoun [C]

uk   /ˌʌl.tɪˈmeɪ.təm/  us   /ˌʌl.təˈmeɪ.t̬əm/ (plural ultimatums or ultimata )
a threat in which a person or group of people are warned that if they do not do a particular thing, something unpleasant will happen to them. It is usually the last and most extreme in a series of actions taken to bring about a particular result: He gave her an ultimatum - she could either stop seeing Peter and come back to him or it was divorce. On Wednesday night the UN issued its toughest ultimatum to date, demanding that all troops withdraw from the city.
(Definition of ultimatum from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ultimatum" in American English

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ultimatumnoun [C]

 us   /ˌʌl·təˈmeɪ·t̬əm/
a demand that a person or group do something to avoid something unpleasant: The workers got an ultimatum – go back to work or face dismissal.
(Definition of ultimatum from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"ultimatum" in Business English

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ultimatumnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˌʌltɪˈmeɪtəm/
a warning, usually the last and most threatening one in a series, in which someone is told that if they take a particular action, something unpleasant will happen to them: issue/deliver/give an ultimatum The chairman has issued an ultimatum: sort out the problems, or the expansion will not take place. Should I give him some kind of ultimatum to encourage him to retire?
(Definition of ultimatum from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “ultimatum”
in Spanish ultimátum…
in Vietnamese tối hậu thư…
in Malaysian kata dua…
in Thai คำขาด, คำสั่งสุดท้าย, คำเตือนครั้งสุดท้าย…
in French ultimatum…
in German das Ultimatum…
in Chinese (Simplified) 最后通牒…
in Turkish ültimatom, emir…
in Russian ультиматум…
in Indonesian ultimatum…
in Chinese (Traditional) 最後通牒…
in Polish ultimatum…
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