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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!
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But in the latest holiday quarter, the push to diversify was nearly irrelevant as iPhone sales experienced a renaissance. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Apple’s iPhone sales roar back to life after years of slowing growth," 29 Jan. 2020 Revenue figures disappointed, however, and the company warned growth could slow in the latest holiday quarter. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "Amazon Reports Another Profit but Sales Underwhelm," 25 Oct. 2018 Latest opinion polls show him as the front-runner in the 2018 presidential election. Mario Sergio Lima,, "Brazil's Popular Leader Lula Convicted: a Guide to What's Next," 12 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That equates to more than 45 million Americans using CBD products, based on latest available U.S. Census estimates. Brendan Bures,, "Sorry, but your CBD hemp products probably contain some THC," 2 Oct. 2019

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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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11 Feb 2020

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“Latest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of latest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: most recent



English Language Learners Definition of latest (Entry 2 of 2)

: the last possible or acceptable time

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