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Definition of latest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : last
2 : most recent



Definition of latest (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the latest acceptable time usually used in the phrase at the latest
2 : something that is the most recent or currently fashionable the latest in diving techniques

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Examples of latest in a Sentence

Adjective She's interested in all the latest fashions. He is the latest person to announce his resignation. Noun that skirt is the absolute latest!
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Dots show selloffs that ended at about 20%, plus latest. James Mackintosh, WSJ, 22 May 2022 The latest in mayoral endorsements: Former Mayor Richard Riordan endorsed Caruso. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2022 In its latest forecast update the Storm Prediction Center has expanded the area in Alabama that will have a Level 1 (or marginal) risk for Sunday. Leigh Morgan, al, 21 May 2022 Young spent most of 2021 as the No. 1 running back in the class but was bumped in the latest update by Texas five-star Rueben Owens. Robert Fenbers, cleveland, 20 May 2022 Arizona again reported a higher number of new COVID-19 cases in its latest weekly update, along with the highest percentage of tests coming back positive for the virus since February. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, 18 May 2022 The latest video shows the Orlan-10 in a new role: a pod is fitted underneath each wing carrying two grenades. David Hambling, Forbes, 17 May 2022 This is the latest update to Brady's post-retirement plans. Nick Romano,, 17 May 2022 The Marines spell out the need for loitering weapons in the latest update to Force Design 2030, a document that describes how the service is reorganizing to concentrate on one enemy: China. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 16 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The latests deaths included three residents of long-term care facilities in Dallas, as well as a Balch Springs man in his 20s and a Dallas man in his 60s. Dana Branham, Dallas News, 30 Apr. 2020 That equates to more than 45 million Americans using CBD products, based on latest available U.S. Census estimates. Brendan Bures,, 2 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of latest


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 May 2022

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“Latest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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