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last

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verb \ˈlast\

Definition of last

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to continue in time

  3. 2 a :  to remain fresh or unimpaired :  endure b :  to manage to continue (as in a course of action) c :  to continue to live

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to continue in existence or action as long as or longer than —often used with out <couldn't last out the training program>

  6. 2 :  to be enough for the needs of <the supplies will last them a week>

laster

noun


Origin and Etymology of last

Middle English, from Old English lǣstan to last, follow; akin to Old English lāst footprint


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of last

continue, last, endure, abide, persist mean to exist over a period of time or indefinitely. continue applies to a process going on without ending <the search for peace will continue>. last, especially when unqualified, may stress existing beyond what is normal or expected <buy shoes that will last>. endure adds an implication of resisting destructive forces or agencies <in spite of everything, her faith endured>. abide implies stable and constant existing especially as opposed to mutability <a love that abides through 40 years of marriage>. persist suggests outlasting the normal or appointed time and often connotes obstinacy or doggedness <the sense of guilt persisted>.

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last

noun

Definition of last

  1. :  a form (as of metal or plastic) which is shaped like the human foot and over which a shoe is shaped or repaired



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Origin and Etymology of last

Middle English, from Old English lǣste, from lāst footprint; akin to Old High German leist shoemaker's last, Latin lira furrow — more at learn


First Known Use: before 12th century


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last

verb

Definition of last

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to shape with a last

laster

noun


Circa 1859

First Known Use of last

circa 1859


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last

adverb

Simple Definition of last

  • : after any others in time, order, or importance : at the end

  • : most recently : on the most recent occasion

  • —used to introduce a final statement or subject

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of last

  1. 1 :  after all others :  at the end <came last and left first>

  2. 2 :  most lately <saw him last in Rome>

  3. 3 :  in conclusion <last, let's consider the social aspect>

Examples of last in a sentence

  1. He spoke last at the meeting.

  2. My horse was last in the race.

  3. She was first to arrive at the party and last to leave.

  4. I last saw him in the supermarket.

  5. They last went to the beach in June.

  6. This word was last used in the 17th century.



Origin and Etymology of last

Middle English, from Old English latost, superl. of læt late


First Known Use: before 12th century


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last

adjective

Simple Definition of last

  • : coming after all others in time, order, or importance

  • : remaining after the rest are gone

  • : belonging to the final part of something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of last

  1. 1 a :  following all the rest <he was the last one out> b :  being the only remaining <our last dollar>

  2. 2 :  belonging to the final stage (as of life) <his last hours on earth>

  3. 3 a :  next before the present :  most recent <last week> <his last book was a failure> b :  most up-to-date :  latest <it's the last thing in fashion>

  4. 4 a :  lowest in rank or standing; also :  worst b :  farthest from a specified quality, attitude, or likelihood <would be the last person to fall for flattery>

  5. 5 a :  conclusive <there is no last answer to the problem> b :  highest in degree :  supreme, ultimate c :  distinct, separate —used as an intensive <ate every last piece of food>

lastly

adverb

Examples of last in a sentence

  1. He was the last one out of the building.

  2. She succeeded on her last attempt.

  3. These are the last two books in the series.

  4. We are going to the beach for the last week of the summer.

  5. the last cookie in the jar

  6. She said she wouldn't marry him if he was the last man on earth.

  7. He was tragically killed during the last days of the war.

  8. I haven't seen her recently. The last time we met was at a party.



13th Century

First Known Use of last

13th century

Synonym Discussion of last

last, final, terminal, ultimate mean following all others (as in time, order, or importance). last applies to something that comes at the end of a series but does not always imply that the series is completed or stopped <last page of a book> <last news we had of him>. final applies to that which definitely closes a series, process, or progress <final day of school>. terminal may indicate a limit of extension, growth, or development <terminal phase of a disease>. ultimate implies the last degree or stage of a long process beyond which further progress or change is impossible <the ultimate collapse of the system>.

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last

noun

Definition of last

  1. :  something that is last

at last

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at long last

  1. :  at the end of a period of time :  finally <at last you've come home>



13th Century

First Known Use of last

13th century



LAST Defined for Kids

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last

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verb \ˈlast\

Definition of last for Students

lasted

lasting

  1. 1 :  to go on <The game lasted two hours.>

  2. 2 :  to stay in good condition <These sneakers won't last.>

  3. 3 :  to be enough for the needs of <We have food to last the week.>

  4. 4 :  to be able to continue in a particular condition <Are you too hungry to last till lunch?>




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last

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adverb

Definition of last for Students

  1. 1 :  after any others in time or order <She spoke last.>

  2. 2 :  most recently <They were last seen here.>




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last

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adjective

Definition of last for Students

  1. 1 :  following all the rest :  final <I was the last one out.>

  2. 2 :  most recent <last week>

  3. 3 :  lowest in rank or position <Our team was last in the league.>

  4. 4 :  most unlikely <You're the last person I thought I'd see.>




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last

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noun

Definition of last for Students

  1. :  a person or thing that is last <That order was my last.>

at last

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at long last

  1. :  after a long period of time :  finally <We're finished at last!>





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