There are 3 main definitions of last in English:

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Pronunciation: /last/


1Coming after all others in time or order; final: they caught the last bus
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  • After the last supper on the final night, the team set off from the camp at midnight.
  • Sure enough, when we arrived at the bus station it turned out that the last bus had already left.
  • Ironically, the teams are due to met again just six days after the final for the last league match of the season.
rearmost, hindmost, endmost, at the end, at the back, furthest (back), final, ultimate
closing, concluding, final, ending, end, terminal;
later, latter
1.1Met with or encountered after any others: the last house in the village
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  • This was happening in the bus shelter and the nearby road of my bus stop, the last bus stop on the route.
1.2The lowest in importance or rank: finishing in last place [as complement]: he came last in the race
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  • Not sure if we came last overall, I think we won some crayons though so it wasn't all bad.
  • A muddled Mr North came last, answering only five correct questions in the allotted time.
  • That he came last with only 9 percent is a great victory in the battle against fascism.
1.3 (the last) The least likely or suitable: addicts are often the last people to face up to their problems the last thing she needed was a husband
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  • If this EP is her idea of a career move, the last place it seems likely to take her is the land of fame and fortune.
  • If a site is named after a marine creature, that is usually the last creature you're likely to see.
  • It was the last myth that anyone needed, least of all those who loathe the notion of intractability.
least likely, most unlikely, most improbable;
least suitable, most unsuitable, most inappropriate, least appropriate
2Most recent in time; latest: last year [postpositive]: your letter of Sunday last
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  • The RMT has already had six days of strikes, the most recent of them last Friday and Saturday.
  • This is what appears to have happened with the most recent Games, staged last year in Athens.
  • They are not the result of lack of care this year, last year or indeed recent years.
2.1Immediately preceding in order; previous in a sequence or enumeration: their last album this last point is critical
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  • We tried and failed but, if we leave anything, judge us by that last album.
  • He warns the technicians on the other side of the studio glass that he won't do anything from the last album.
  • Her last album, All I Have went gold back in 2002, and this new one is said to be even better.
the previous, the preceding;
the prior, the former
3Only remaining: it’s our last hope
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  • For a long period, Broadland was the last remaining major stronghold in the country.
  • With scores level and one over remaining, the last pair were at the wicket.
  • The batter was dry and crisp and remained so until the last scrap was eaten.
final, only remaining


1On the last occasion before the present; previously: he looked much older than when I’d last seen him
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  • Mrs Castell last heard from her son when he was in Kuwait, two days before the war began on March 20.
  • Mr Cooper last heard from the company on July 29 and is waiting to see how things progress.
  • The former must be assumed dead by now, and the latter was last heard of working in Switzerland.
2 [in combination] After all others in order or sequence: the two last-mentioned classes
at the end, at/in the rear
3(Especially in enumerating points) finally; in conclusion: and last, I’d like to thank you all for coming

noun (plural same)

1The last person or thing; the one occurring, mentioned, or acting after all others: the last of their guests had gone eating as if every mouthful were his last
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  • The present charter expires in three years' time and must be the last in the present form.
  • There would have been a Media Frenzy, we wouldn't have heard the last of it for months.
  • Thought you had heard the last of the libel case involving some Borough staff at BoS?
1.1 (the last of) The only part of something that remains: they drank the last of the wine
1.2 [in singular] Last position in a race, contest, or ranking: he came from last in a slowly run race
1.3 (the last) The end or last moment, especially death: she did love me to the last
1.4 (the last) The last mention or sight of someone or something: that was the last we saw of her
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  • Her sister Kathleen visited him in Surbiton before he joined, but that was the last the family heard of him.
  • But that was the last she heard from them until she visited the new Keighley office this month.
  • We just know that they were going to abandon the life raft and that was it, that was the last we heard.



at last

(or at long last)
After much delay: you’ve come back to me at last!
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  • Coupled with the power in your house of partners, it's clear you are at last ready to settle down.
  • Finally, at long last, much surfing on the net brought me to a site that had my mystery plant.
  • It is good to know, at long last, that the party is ready to drop the pretence and face reality.
finally, at long last, after a long time, in the end, eventually, ultimately, in (the fullness of) time

—— one's last

Do something for the last time: the dying embers sparked their last

last but not least

Last in order of mention or occurrence but just as important.
Example sentences
  • And last but not least, we've finally scheduled the next several shows!
  • And last but not least, the president has been issuing executive orders that have been implementing many of the ideas.
  • The components of the parrot cage is the last but not least of the important aspects when buying parrot cages.

last call

(British last orders)
(In a bar) said to inform customers that closing time is approaching and that any further drinks should be purchased immediately: the hours were 11:00 last call and drink up by 11:15
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  • Showed up just in time for the last call of dollar drinks.
  • And extending a convivial night's drinking after last orders has been called is a long standing Dales custom.
  • It will help get away from binge drinking and drinking vast amounts before last orders.

one's (or the) last gasp

see gasp.

the last straw

see straw.

on one's last legs

see leg.


Old English latost (adverb) 'after all others in a series,' of Germanic origin; related to Dutch laatst, lest and German letzt, also to late.

Words that rhyme with last

aghast, avast, Belfast, blast, cast, caste, contrast, fast, mast, miscast, outlast, past, unsurpassed, vast
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Pronunciation: /last/


[no object]
1 [with adverbial] (Of a process, activity, or state of things) continue for a specified period of time: the guitar solo lasted for twenty minutes childhood seems to last forever
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  • But today, the advantage that you get from outthinking the competition lasts an incredibly short period of time.
  • The whole process lasted less than three minutes.
  • This stage, which centers on colony growth lasts for a period ranging from four months to five years, depending on the species of ant.
2Continue to function well or to be in good condition for a considerable or specified length of time: the car is built to last a lip pencil lasts longer than lipstick
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  • Consider how long a cell-phone battery lasts in a benign environment.
  • We have a cell phone, but it tends to reside in a drawer in the kitchen, not in her purse, as the battery only lasts about 5 hours, even if you don't use it.
  • Its battery lasts 12 hours (as opposed to eight), and is easily changed for a new one when the first runs out.
endure, wear well, stand up, bear up
informal go the distance
2.1(Of a person) manage to continue in a job or course of action: how long does he think he’ll last as manager?
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  • It is a testament to Pender's courage that he even lasted the course.
  • She had lasted a month with these people and had even managed to lose most of her bad slang.
  • ‘Hell if I know how you guys have lasted this long,’ he remarked, raising his hands in bafflement.
2.2Survive or endure: his condition is so serious that he won’t last the night
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  • I seem to remember that I managed to last out, but by the end I felt distinctly nauseous.
  • Well, the greatest reward in World War II was survival, if you lasted through it.
  • I went to a party last night but only lasted about an hour and a half before I felt too inexplicably grumpy to stay any longer and left.
survive, endure, hold on, hold out, keep going, persevere
informal stick it out, hang on
2.3 [with object] (Of provisions or resources) be adequate or sufficient for (someone), especially for a specified length of time: he filled the freezer with enough food to last him for three months
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  • Iraq is thought to have sufficient food stocks to last only until the end of April.
  • The rule of thumb is that if a store has lasted over 30 years in this fickle climate then, clearly, the owners are experts deserving of your custom.
  • Buy now while stocks last because property prices in Bradford are set to soar over the next decade.


Old English lǣstan, of Germanic origin, related to German leisten 'afford, yield', also to last3.

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Pronunciation: /last/


A shoemaker’s model for shaping or repairing a shoe or boot.


Old English lǣste, of Germanic origin, from a base meaning 'follow'; related to Dutch leest and German Leisten.

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