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last

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 following all others of the same kind in order or time
  • last one in the pool is a rotten egg
  • fans waiting for the last book in the series to be released

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3 of the greatest or highest degree or quantity
  • our last praise should be reserved for those original thinkers who expand the frontiers of science and technology

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last

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of last (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to continue to operate or to meet one's needs
  • we were lucky that the batteries lasted until we could get to the store to buy more

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2 to remain indefinitely in existence or in the same state
  • this heavy drought has lasted all summer

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Frequently Asked Questions About last

How does the adjective last contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of last are final, terminal, and ultimate. While all these words 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

When is it sensible to use final instead of last?

In some situations, the words final and last are roughly equivalent. However, final applies to that which definitely closes a series, process, or progress.

final day of school

When can terminal be used instead of last?

The synonyms terminal and last are sometimes interchangeable, but terminal may indicate a limit of extension, growth, or development.

terminal phase of a disease

When is ultimate a more appropriate choice than last?

While in some cases nearly identical to last, 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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The first known use of last was before the 12th century

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“Last.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/last. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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