Synonyms & Antonyms of last

(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

Synonyms for last

Words Related to last

Near Antonyms for last

Antonyms for last

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

Synonyms for last

Words Related to last

Near Antonyms for last

Antonyms for last



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

Synonyms for last

Words Related to last

Near Antonyms for last

Antonyms for last

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

Synonyms for last

Words Related to last

Near Antonyms for last

Antonyms for last

See the Dictionary Definition 

Choose the Right Synonym for 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


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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about last

Time Traveler for last

Time Traveler

The first known use of last was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Cite this Entry

“Last.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on last

Dictionary: Definition of last

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with last

Spanish Central: Translation of last

Nglish: Translation of last for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of last for Arabic Speakers

Comments on last

What made you want to look up last? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!