Definition of finally in English:


Syllabification: fi·nal·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈfīn(ə)lē


  • 1After a long time, typically involving difficulty or delay: he finally arrived to join us
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    • About an hour later, we finally arrived at the mall and headed to the clothing stores.
    • The long wait for followers of the professional sports car racing series is finally over.
    • When he finally got to relate the details of his adventure, he gave her a paper bag as he spoke.
  • 1.1As the last in a series of related events or objects: a referendum followed by local, legislative, and, finally, presidential elections
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    • He lingered on for several months, finally succumbing to a series of strokes.
    • This caused the lead car to lift off the ground and go into a series of rolls, finally sliding on its hood to a stop.
    • Mention it a few times, point out how cool it is and how you've always wanted one, and finally ask for it outright.
    lastly, last, in conclusion, to conclude, to end
  • 1.2 [sentence adverb] Used to introduce a final point or reason: finally, it is common knowledge that travel broadens the horizons
  • 1.3In such a way as to put an end to doubt and dispute: to dispel finally the belief that auditors were clients of the company
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    • The parties may agree to accept the decision of the adjudicator as finally determining the dispute.
    • Hendry is hoping he has finally silenced the doubts over his new cue after beating Dale.

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