fi·​nal·​ly | \ ˈfī-nᵊl-ē How to pronounce finally (audio) , ˈfīn-lē \

Definition of finally

1 : after a prolonged time : at the end of period of time Two hours later, the train finally arrived. He finally got around to calling. I'm so happy to finally meet you! It finally dawned on me what she'd meant.
2a : as the last act or occurrence in a series : in the end : eventually After many attempts, they finally gave up. "My career meandered all over the place and I finally settled on comedic acting. …"— Cassandra Peterson "He listened to the whole thing, very attentive, and finally he turned to the doctor and he said, 'I have a question.'"— Russell Newman
b : by way of conclusion : as the last point "… Finally, I'd like to thank the fans for their great support …"— Joe Girardi
c : in the end : ultimately What finally matters is whether you're likely to drink enough of the organisms to make you sick.— Peter Jaret
3 old-fashioned : in a final manner : in a way that does not allow change I have reason for asking this question which you have answered so finally.— Willa Cather She said it so finally … that Mr. Pumblechook … could not protest.— Charles Dickens … the power to decide finally and conclusively upon all motions made in the course of legislative proceedings …— John G. Carlisle

First Known Use of finally

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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“Finally.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of finally

: at the end of a period of time : after a long time
used to describe the last action or event in a series of actions or events
used to introduce a final statement or series of statements


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