Meaning of “eventual” in the English Dictionary

"eventual" in British English

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eventualadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ɪˈven.tʃu.əl/ us /ɪˈven.tʃu.əl/

C2 happening or existing at a later time or at the end, especially after a lot of effort, problems, etc.:

The Dukes were the eventual winners of the competition.
Although the original budget for the project was $1 billion, the eventual cost is likely to be 50 percent higher.

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  • It is impossible to predict the eventual outcome of the negotiations.
  • After such a great first half, we were deeply disappointed with the eventual result.
  • The party's eventual aim was to integrate Britain both politically and economically into the European Community.
  • The price was what decided our eventual choice of hotel.
  • The eventual design was a great improvement on the one we originally considered.

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

"eventual" in American English

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eventualadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ɪˈven·tʃu·əl/

happening at a later time or as a result at the end:

The eventual cost of the new facility has not been revealed.
adverb [ not gradable ] us /ɪˈven·tʃu·ə·li/

You learn a lot in school, but eventually you forget most of it.

(Definition of “eventual” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)