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Definition of 'last'


  1. the temporal end; the concluding time; "the stopping point of each round was signaled by a bell"; "the market was up at the finish"; "they were playing better at the close of the season"
       Synonyms: stopping point finale finis finish conclusion close
  2. the last or lowest in an ordering or series; "he was the last to leave"; "he finished an inglorious last"
  3. a person's dying act; the final thing a person can do; "he breathed his last"
  4. the time at which life ends; continuing until dead; "she stayed until his death"; "a struggle to the last"
       Synonyms: death
  5. a unit of weight equal to 4,000 pounds
  6. a unit of capacity for grain equal to 80 bushels
  7. the concluding parts of an event or occurrence; "the end was exciting"; "I had to miss the last of the movie"
       Synonyms: end final stage
  8. holding device shaped like a human foot that is used to fashion or repair shoes
       Synonyms: shoemaker's last cobbler's last


  1. persist for a specified period of time; "The bad weather lasted for three days"
       Synonyms: endure
  2. continue to live; endure or last; "We went without water and food for 3 days"; "These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America"; "The race car driver lived through several very serious accidents"; "how long can a person last without food and water?"
       Synonyms: survive live live on go endure hold up hold out


  1. immediately past; "last Thursday"; "the last chapter we read"
  2. coming after all others in time or space or degree or being the only one remaining; "the last time I saw Paris"; "the last day of the month"; "had the last word"; "waited until the last minute"; "he raised his voice in a last supreme call"; "the last game of the season"; "down to his last nickel"
       Antonyms: intermediate first
  3. occurring at or forming an end or termination; "his concluding words came as a surprise"; "the final chapter"; "the last days of the dinosaurs"; "terminal leave"
       Synonyms: concluding final terminal
  4. conclusive in a process or progression; "the final answer"; "a last resort"; "the net result"
       Synonyms: final net
  5. most unlikely or unsuitable; "the last person we would have suspected"; "the last man they would have chosen for the job"
  6. occurring at the time of death; "his last words"; "the last rites"
  7. not to be altered or undone; "the judge's decision is final"; "the arbiter will have the last say"
       Synonyms: final
  8. lowest in rank or importance; "last prize"; "in last place"
       Synonyms: last-place lowest
  9. highest in extent or degree; "to the last measure of human endurance"; "whether they were accomplices in the last degree or a lesser one was...to be determined individually"
       Synonyms: utmost


  1. more recently than any other time; "I saw him last in London"
       Synonyms: most recently
  2. the item at the end; "last, I'll discuss family values"
       Synonyms: lastly in conclusion finally

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