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[ih-ven-choo-uh-lee] /ɪˈvɛn tʃu ə li/
finally; ultimately; at some later time:
Eventually we will own the house free and clear.
Origin of eventually
1650-60; eventual + -ly Unabridged
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  • He served two tours in Vietnam and remained on active duty until 1992, eventually rising to colonel.
  • The emergency power eventually ran out altogether.
  • He eventually died in peace—a rare ending for a pirate.
  • It took years, but the role was eventually thrust upon him.
  • Allen worries that the marketplace will become filled with fad titles that eventually become irrelevant.
  • The species eventually reaches a height of 20 feet, with nearly equal spread.
  • This soldier eventually became the head of the secret police.
  • But eventually she longed to branch out, using other kinds of plants.
  • If you intend to plant it outdoors eventually, choose a variety that thrives in your climate.
  • But gradually that water freezes too, expanding as it turns to ice and eventually bursting the pipe inside the wall.
British Dictionary definitions for eventually


at the very end; finally
(as sentence modifier) after a long time or long delay: eventually, he arrived
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Word Origin and History for eventually

"ultimately," 1670s, from eventual + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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