Main definitions of last in English

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adjective

  • 1Coming after all others in time or order; final:

    ‘they caught the last bus’
    • ‘Sure enough, when we arrived at the bus station it turned out that the last bus had already left.’
    • ‘Leaving his boyhood club was like closing the last page on a well-thumbed book.’
    • ‘Ironically, the teams are due to met again just six days after the final for the last league match of the season.’
    • ‘I think that is what is wrapped up in the concession that you took us to on the last page of that document.’
    • ‘Yesterday we sent the last page off to be printed, and went for a drink to celebrate.’
    • ‘St Jack on the last page of his journal reported nine influenza deaths at the mission.’
    • ‘Some lines had been added on the last page; but they had been so carefully erased as to be illegible.’
    • ‘There is always one image from a book that stays with you after the last page has ended.’
    • ‘The two youngsters then missed the last bus back to Corsham, and decided they would walk back.’
    • ‘The images conjured from her words linger long after the last page has been turned.’
    • ‘We closed the last page knowing that maybe everything will be ok after all.’
    • ‘Got sent home early since the place was dead, a nice change to actually get the last bus.’
    • ‘After the last supper on the final night, the team set off from the camp at midnight.’
    • ‘If you don't have the patience to wade through the jargon, just directly go to the last page.’
    • ‘Except the last few pages of the last chapter had a smudgy white line down the middle.’
    • ‘Walking back to Puraniya crossing would have made us miss the last bus to the campus.’
    • ‘It's a great read that will have your tongue hanging out to join in the odyssey by the last page.’
    • ‘Be sure to look at the last page for the potato menu, a selection of no less than six potato sides.’
    • ‘After checking those out and a few other shops I managed to nick onto the last bus home to Huddersfield!’
    • ‘Finally she reached the last page, the last bit of the story she had liked so much.’
    rearmost, rear, hindmost, bringing up the rear, nearest the rear, at the end, furthest back, aftermost, endmost, furthest behind, final, ultimate, most remote, remotest, furthest, utmost, extreme
    closing, concluding, final, ending, end, finishing, ultimate, terminal, terminating
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    1. 1.1 Met with or encountered after any others:
      ‘the last house in the village’
      • ‘This was happening in the bus shelter and the nearby road of my bus stop, the last bus stop on the route.’
    2. 1.2 The lowest in importance or rank:
      ‘finishing in last place’
      [as complement] ‘he came last in the race’
      • ‘Without Thomas' scheming, the Vikings might rank last against the pass.’
      • ‘Last season, the Sharks finished last in the league in penalty killing.’
      • ‘Flaming Bridle was subsequently disqualified and placed last in the field of eight.’
      • ‘Not sure if we came last overall, I think we won some crayons though so it wasn't all bad.’
      • ‘That he came last with only 9 percent is a great victory in the battle against fascism.’
      • ‘Only six teams have finished last in their league in homers and reached the Series.’
      • ‘A muddled Mr North came last, answering only five correct questions in the allotted time.’
      • ‘Chad ranked last on the African list and 101st globally.’
      • ‘They ranked last in the majors in runs scored.’
      • ‘Albert the Great, seeking his fifth consecutive victory, finished last in the field of seven three-year-olds.’
      • ‘Money came last on the list.’
    3. 1.3the last The least likely or suitable:
      ‘he's the last person I'd turn to for help’
      ‘the last thing she needed was a husband’
      • ‘The donor goes through major surgery and the last thing we want is them to suffer complications.’
      • ‘When taking out a student loan the last thing on most people's minds is how they intend to pay it back.’
      • ‘I'm hoping that it will be benign as the last thing she needs is more radiotherapy.’
      • ‘I am 18 years old and have my whole life ahead of me and the last thing I want in my life right now is a baby.’
      • ‘I've worked hard for it and rest assured the last thing I will ever do is take it for granted.’
      • ‘That is the last thing a place with an economy largely dependent on the goodwill of visitors needs.’
      • ‘It was the last myth that anyone needed, least of all those who loathe the notion of intractability.’
      • ‘So the last thing the manager needs looming large are encounters with ghosts of seasons past.’
      • ‘The last thing they need is to witness, or be involved in, an act of violence against a member of staff.’
      • ‘He's big and powerful and a strong boy: the last thing you want is to be in his way when he is running at you.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The last thing it needs, then, is a gang of young yobs terrorising shoppers in the town centre.’
      • ‘The last thing you want to do is to make a complacent audience feel more happy in their complacency.’
      • ‘The last thing he wanted was some young accounts exec showing him the money when he least expected it.’
      • ‘The last thing I want when I go to the local bar or the local cinema is smoke clogging up my throat.’
      • ‘There is also a fear that their children will be taken away from them which is the last thing anyone wants.’
      • ‘The last thing he and his wife have in mind is returning south with their tails between their legs.’
      • ‘The adverse publicity generated by the hijacking was the last thing the airline needed.’
      • ‘The last thing we want is to put ourselves in the position where he is taunted or provoked and reacts again.’
      • ‘If a site is named after a marine creature, that is usually the last creature you're likely to see.’
      least likely, most unlikely, most improbable, most reluctant
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  • 2Most recent in time; latest:

    ‘last year’
    [postpositive] ‘your letter of Sunday last’
    • ‘In terms of finance alone, last night was the difference between digging gold or iron pyrites.’
    • ‘The children and staff at the school said farewell to Mick at the end of term last week, but he has not quite finished.’
    • ‘A spokesman for the company last night refused to comment on the speculation linking him with the top job.’
    • ‘Even if they are on the same points tally as this time last term, the confidence and enjoyment levels are both on the up.’
    • ‘A French woman who was the victim of a vicious assault in Cork said last night her life is in ruins.’
    • ‘Two great Test players of the past made quite a scene on a television show last night.’
    • ‘The very successful Ladies football team won the junior title as recent as last year.’
    • ‘He served two terms in prison last year, for dangerous driving and then for breaking a curfew order.’
    • ‘On last Sunday night in the Drum Inn in Clogher, the massive Jackpot was up for grabs.’
    • ‘Their ordeal started after they retired to bed at about 10.30 last Thursday night.’
    • ‘He looks set for another lucrative campaign and is selected to start off as he ended last term, on a winning note.’
    • ‘Where their rucking had been crisp and brutal last term, this time out it was hesitant and laboured.’
    • ‘However, this slump was the smallest in percentage terms since March of last year.’
    • ‘This is what appears to have happened with the most recent Games, staged last year in Athens.’
    • ‘The RMT has already had six days of strikes, the most recent of them last Friday and Saturday.’
    • ‘This is their second term in charge and last year proved to be an enjoyable one for all involved.’
    • ‘The judge said last night that he expected the terms of the new control orders to be very similar.’
    • ‘They are not the result of lack of care this year, last year or indeed recent years.’
    • ‘So really quite late last night, perhaps even after half past ten, I went into the kitchen.’
    • ‘We left quite late last night and we walked past the plant on the way out.’
    previous, preceding
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    1. 2.1 Immediately preceding in order; previous in a sequence or enumeration:
      ‘their last album’
      ‘this last point is critical’
      • ‘I haven't seen James or Michael since that last ball, I hope James wasn't too mad at me.’
      • ‘We tried and failed but, if we leave anything, judge us by that last album.’
      • ‘It was also very dismissive of the last two albums, which was rather narrow minded.’
      • ‘Her last album, All I Have went gold back in 2002, and this new one is said to be even better.’
      • ‘With the last album only 11 months old, surely it is too soon for their inclusion?’
      • ‘I haven't listened to the last album nearly as often as the red one or the green one.’
      • ‘Their last album did extraordinarily well, and now people are looking to them to be the future of music.’
      • ‘Thanks to recent controversy, this last visit has taken on a greater importance than usual.’
      • ‘With the last album, fans said their favourite songs were the ones we wrote ourselves.’
      • ‘The set was drawn mostly from the last two albums, but the occasional early song fit in seamlessly.’
      • ‘Did the last albums start with a desire to make an album for somebody who wouldn't buy it anyway?’
      • ‘He warns the technicians on the other side of the studio glass that he won't do anything from the last album.’
      • ‘When we wrote the last album in Spain we managed to catch three matches over there.’
      • ‘Each of the last six recessions in the US was preceded by an inversion in the yield curve.’
      • ‘Their live sound is rougher round the edges than the pristine sound on the last two albums.’
      • ‘Perhaps most significantly of all, a couple of the tracks on the last album don't sound Asian at all.’
      • ‘That last comment makes it clear that the previous observations of Forbes J were obiter dicta.’
      • ‘Whereas the last album had the two killer singles, the rest was a mid-paced affair.’
      • ‘Not a vast change from the last album, but in a picking up the pace of my favourite tracks and staying on that track kind of way.’
  • 3Only remaining:

    ‘it's our last hope’
    • ‘And numbers of the plant have dropped to worrying levels at its last remaining refuge.’
    • ‘She's got a baby on the way - in fact, she's the last remaining pregnant lady on the planet.’
    • ‘Indeed, the private college today is one of the last vestiges of hope in a desert of statism.’
    • ‘It's probably among the last beacons of hope here, in that you can see a protest every couple of miles.’
    • ‘With scores level and one over remaining, the last pair were at the wicket.’
    • ‘Lana moved to the back of the classroom and took the last remaining seat which happened to be next to the girl.’
    • ‘It knows that the last remaining strong union in this country is to be found in the State sector.’
    • ‘Does this explain why it's so hard to get rid of the last remaining samples of the virus?’
    • ‘That is exactly the posture we should welcome from the world's last remaining superpower.’
    • ‘The last remaining days of March just flew by and before I could turn around twice mid April was upon me.’
    • ‘It has been said more than once that Simeon represents the last hope for Bulgarians.’
    • ‘I dream of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.’
    • ‘They are the last bastion and hope we have for our citizens, and the evidence is very simple.’
    • ‘The batter was dry and crisp and remained so until the last scrap was eaten.’
    • ‘We can expect the battle for the last remaining dregs of the fossil fuel fantasia to be vicious.’
    • ‘A sudden clearing of the fog of confusion on the Tyne is English devolution's last hope.’
    • ‘The last remaining light bulb in my bedroom light fixture is about to die and I'm not tall enough to reach it.’
    • ‘The last hope was the space under boulders into which our little stream sank.’
    • ‘For a long period, Broadland was the last remaining major stronghold in the country.’
    • ‘Rosalind was the last to remain in the courtroom, watchful and concerned for her son.’
    final, only remaining, only one left
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adverb

  • 1On the last occasion before the present; previously:

    ‘a woman last heard of in Cornwall’
    • ‘The former must be assumed dead by now, and the latter was last heard of working in Switzerland.’
    • ‘We were at the first crossroads, where I had last seen him four nights previously.’
    • ‘Mrs Castell last heard from her son when he was in Kuwait, two days before the war began on March 20.’
    • ‘Emma last heard from her husband two weeks ago when he told her was safe and well.’
    • ‘Mr Cooper last heard from the company on July 29 and is waiting to see how things progress.’
    • ‘The deceased was last seen and heard of when he said he was going to meet the appellant.’
    • ‘He was last heard of trying to establish a business as a transfer adviser.’
  • 2[in combination] After all others in order or sequence:

    ‘the last-named film’
  • 3(especially in enumerating points) lastly:

    ‘and last, I'd like to thank you all for coming’

noun

  • 1The last person or thing; the one occurring, mentioned, or acting after all others:

    ‘the last of their guests had gone’
    ‘he was eating as if every mouthful were his last’
    • ‘Hopefully it is not the last we will hear from a band with such talent and promise.’
    • ‘The present charter expires in three years' time and must be the last in the present form.’
    • ‘It is sufficient for present purposes to recite a passage in the last of these judgments.’
    • ‘Thought you had heard the last of the libel case involving some Borough staff at BoS?’
    • ‘I have no doubt this court has not heard the last of the arguments that began in this case.’
    • ‘There would have been a Media Frenzy, we wouldn't have heard the last of it for months.’
    • ‘As for Prowse, he has no plans to return to the fray, but it might not be the last we hear from him.’
    1. 1.1the last of The only part of something that remains:
      ‘they drank the last of the wine’
    2. 1.2[in singular] The last position or finisher in a race or competition:
      ‘Lion Cavern came from last in a slowly run race’
    3. 1.3the last The end or last moment, especially death:
      ‘he was dead, having refused morphia to the last’
      end, ending, finish, close, conclusion, completion, finale, termination
      bitter end
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    4. 1.4the last The last mention or sight of someone or something:
      ‘that was the last we saw of her’
      • ‘The last she heard from her husband was a cellphone call he made just after the plane struck.’
      • ‘That was pretty much the last I heard from him, and we haven't seen the money since.’
      • ‘The last we ever hear of him, he is reportedly seeing a well known gay pop singer.’
      • ‘The last we heard from her was a text message saying she was getting on a bus.’
      • ‘That was the last I heard from the police until I started calling and writing regularly.’
      • ‘The last I heard of Andy was that Julie was in the club and they left, leaving just me Ross and Jacky again.’
      • ‘The last she heard of him was a week ago, when a letter arrived at her Ayr home.’
      • ‘Her sister Kathleen visited him in Surbiton before he joined, but that was the last the family heard of him.’
      • ‘Then as I will be in Jozie for the next two days, this is the last you will hear from me this week.’
      • ‘The last I heard was that she was going to see the movie but I lost track of it.’
      • ‘We just know that they were going to abandon the life raft and that was it, that was the last we heard.’
      • ‘The last we heard of him was a piece in the newspaper describing a charge of cruelty to animals.’
      • ‘The last she heard from him was a goodbye note, telling her that by the time she had the letter he would already be at sea.’
      • ‘If he were to stay at all true to his thesis, that surely would have been the last we heard of him.’
      • ‘We can only hope that that will be the last we hear of it in this region.’
      • ‘I saw him go to the estate instead of the cellar yesterday, but that was the last I heard of him.’
      • ‘But that was the last she heard from them until she visited the new Keighley office this month.’
      • ‘Except the last my parents heard from the dealership was an invoice for the annual service.’
      • ‘The last I heard was that it would be July, but I doubt that we will see it going to air by July.’
      • ‘However, that was the last the whistleblower is said to have heard about the matter from Wallace.’

Phrases

  • at last

    • In the end; after much delay:

      ‘you've come back to me at last!’
      • ‘So I suspect this is one thing that we might get some information on, at long last.’
      • ‘Coupled with the power in your house of partners, it's clear you are at last ready to settle down.’
      • ‘In the past few weeks, I have, at last, mastered the video, just as it's on its way out.’
      • ‘John sent back some of his first earnings from Germany to Mimi, proud that he could help her at last.’
      • ‘The second reason why I have confidence about the future is that, at long last, sponsors are taking a stand.’
      • ‘Finally, at long last, much surfing on the net brought me to a site that had my mystery plant.’
      • ‘Swindon looks set to gain a new central library at long last.’
      • ‘It is good to know, at long last, that the party is ready to drop the pretence and face reality.’
      • ‘Yes it's excellently written and great at last to see a soap invented by a gay man finally able tell it like it is.’
      • ‘Tired but home at last, the kid jumps out of the car and gently rubs his face.’
      finally, in the end, eventually, ultimately, at long last, after a long time, after a considerable time, in time, at the end of the day, in the fullness of time
      lastly, in conclusion
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  • —— 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 not of importance:

      ‘last but not least Gary in midfield has been brilliant’
      ‘last, but by no means least, much still needs to be done to improve public attitudes’
      • ‘And last but not least, what about patient care?’
      • ‘And last but not least, the investigation was closed with unseemly haste.’
      • ‘And last but not least, you know, when somebody has that type of a debilitating disease, they feel they need to work, they have to work.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And last but not least, I did not receive a text message from the ex.’
      • ‘And last but not least when planning permission was granted, all the residents of the building should have been informed and given a period in which to complain.’
      • ‘And last but not least, there were the merchandise stalls that popped up between the chicken foot and polyester tracksuit outlets along the street.’
      • ‘And last but not least, I've become depressed, noncommittal, and grossly pessimistic.’
      • ‘The components of the parrot cage is the last but not least of the important aspects when buying parrot cages.’
  • one's (or the) last gasp

    • The point of exhaustion, death, or completion:

      ‘the last gasp of the Cold War’
      • ‘Optimism was briefly restored when he scored his dramatic last-gasp goal to take the team into yet another cliffhanger.’
      • ‘But I don't want the already struggling non-corporate bookstores to give up their last gasp.’
      • ‘I was with him at his last gasp and kissed him on the forehead.’
      • ‘The 1950s was the last gasp for Victorian ways of life - and I know, I had to survive the Fifties!’
      • ‘They're on their last gasp or they've been decimated.’
      • ‘The truth is, her last gasp of enthusiasm is behind her, and she's ready to admit that she'd rather be three years younger and sitting in the dark of a movie theater in a Connecticut suburb than in an orange grove overlooking the city of Rome.’
      • ‘This is a dispute so absurd it scarcely seems worth arguing, the last gasp of exclusionary privilege that began its death rattle in 1990.’
      • ‘This is the last gasp, and last gasps have a way of imploding in a vaingloriously spectacular way, as though their protagonists knew they were going to go down - they just wanted to go down in style.’
      • ‘From the moment we leave our mother's body at birth to our last gasp on our deathbed, we need air every minute.’
      • ‘He materialised in front of the goal in the fading moments to snatch a last - gasp leveller.’
  • the last minute

    • The latest possible time before an event:

      ‘the visit was cancelled at the last minute’
      • ‘But they might be happy with the point as they were two down and equalised only in the last minute.’
      • ‘Speaking yesterday on a visit to Harwich, he vowed to fight for every vote right up until the last minute.’
      • ‘This tendency can result in the writing being left until the last minute and consequently rushed.’
      • ‘I never get anything done until the last minute, so maybe I need that extra push to do anything.’
      • ‘She would not contemplate leaving the holiday booking to the last minute in the hope of a late discount.’
      • ‘Luckily, my situation has since changed, thanks to various ships coming in at the last minute.’
      • ‘It would be extremely unwise to wait until the last minute to effect a changeover plan.’
      • ‘Stay calm and do your best and remember do not leave everything until the last minute.’
      • ‘Then he said the car turned towards the pavement but the driver appeared to change her mind at the last minute.’
      • ‘When it comes to our finances, we love to leave things until the last minute.’
      • ‘This year schools did not find out about an increase in teacher pension costs until the last minute.’
      • ‘Eight more couples were forced to move their ceremonies at the last minute to avoid them being null and void.’
      • ‘It dipped low towards the runway, but what appeared to be a planned landing was aborted at the last minute.’
      • ‘When it comes to organising holidays, we can never make up our minds and try not to commit until the last minute.’
      • ‘Keep salads, cheeses, dips and other perishable food in the fridge until the last minute.’
      • ‘Many people leave arrangements until the last minute and this can complicate matters.’
      • ‘She lies in the road and leaps out of the way of cars at the last minute.’
      • ‘They've had 12 months to get the policy pinned down, and yet it is left to the last minute.’
      • ‘They have been planning the trip for nearly a year it would be devastating for them to be turned away at the last minute.’
      • ‘A cricket match had to be cancelled at the last minute after someone dug up part of the cricket square.’
  • last orders

    • (in a bar or pub) said to inform customers that closing time is approaching and that any further drinks should be purchased immediately:

      ‘last orders, gentlemen, please’
      • ‘No longer will we have to rush to get the drinks in before last orders at 11 o'clock when new licensing laws introduce continental style late opening hours for bars and pubs.’
      • ‘It will help get away from binge drinking and drinking vast amounts before last orders.’
      • ‘The other returns to the table, it's getting close to last orders so shorter drinks with higher alcohol content are the very thing.’
      • ‘For last call, you ordered a bottle of rum and a Coke.’
      • ‘It's not that I want half-day closing and last orders at 10.30 pm.’
      • ‘And extending a convivial night's drinking after last orders has been called is a long standing Dales custom.’
      • ‘Most people have had enough to drink when last orders are called at 2am.’
      • ‘But the pair will not dash off on their honeymoon after last orders because they want to keep the drinks flowing until after New Year.’
      • ‘Showed up just in time for the last call of dollar drinks.’
      • ‘Long past last call, the two finally wander off out the door, only to have a third wheel catch up to them outside the club.’
  • the last straw

  • last thing

    • Late in the evening, especially as a final act before going to bed:

      ‘I think having that cup of tea last thing at night really helps’
      • ‘I want to dump it into a cradle last thing at night, where it will charge up again ready for the next night.’
      • ‘If you go last thing in the evening to the amphitheatre you might leave with a tear or two.’
      • ‘If a man irritates a woman she is not going to wait until the last thing at night to express her annoyance.’
  • the last word

    • 1The final or definitive pronouncement on or decision about a subject:

      ‘he's always determined to have the last word’
      • ‘In the end, however, randomness will have the last word; and therefore the sole solution left to us is dignity.’
      • ‘And yet it is difficult to get this message across when journalists themselves always have the last word.’
      • ‘And on this it is I, together with my colleagues in the Commons, who will have the last word.’
      • ‘No one person may always have the last word just for the sake of having the last word.’
      • ‘That is why York residents must have the last word on their redevelopment.’
      • ‘She stands her ground in an argument, she likes to have the last word but at the same time she can be very compliant and wants to please.’
      • ‘It is unlikely to provide the last word on the subject, but its findings will have a huge effect on the alternative health industry either way.’
      • ‘Ailsa would have the last word on that count: Norman missed the 54-hole cut.’
      • ‘Even in the mixed teams, it's the girls that are squabbling and always having to have the last word.’
      • ‘That there is only one of Him is not just a first approximation, it is also the last word on the subject, and it makes the concept of Godhead a notably tense one.’
      final decision, summation, final statement, definitive statement, conclusive comment
      concluding remark, final remark, final say, closing statement, parting shot, parthian shot
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    • 2The finest or most modern, fashionable, or advanced example of something:

      ‘the new flat is the last word in luxury’
      • ‘Do you think salt-and-pepper is the last word in style, or would you rather dye than reveal your roots - and your age?’
      • ‘Spread across five-storeys, it's perhaps the last word in quality, style and taste.’
      • ‘This is almost the last word in Scots renaissance detailing, but it would take a lot of work to make it feel like a real home’
      • ‘Is it still the last word in the vital, thrusting youth culture?’
      • ‘Composting is the last word in recycling and great for cutting emissions.’
      • ‘It's the last word in dramatic decadence, rippling with eroticism.’
      • ‘This was back in the days when Genesis were considered to be the last word in cool by a certain strata of English youth.’
      • ‘Charlotte Square is the last word in Georgian elegance, but on a November afternoon it's an underpopulated place.’
      • ‘Treatments here are the last word in relaxation and cover just about everything you can imagine and much else you might only have dreamed of.’
      • ‘The company whose locomotive pulled it could boast that it was a state of the art vehicle, the last word in design and comfort.’
      the best, the peak, the acme, the epitome, the quintessence, the most fashionable, the most up to date, the latest, the newest
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  • on one's last legs

    • Near the end of life, usefulness, or existence:

      ‘the foundry business was on its last legs’
      • ‘And now that their father appears to be on his last legs, the girls are rarely off their mobiles.’
      • ‘Despite its 101 years of age, the building is in no danger of falling down, but its services are on their last legs.’
      • ‘‘These guys were on their last legs,’ Officer McGarry said.’
      • ‘The latest ratings have aroused claims that reality television shows are on their last legs.’
      • ‘If they were ninety and on their last legs, I might understand it, but these are barely out of their teens.’
      • ‘But I caught a bit of his press conference today, and crikey, if that was him on his last legs, imagine how he must have been as a younger man!’
      • ‘Media observers are suggesting that reality television shows are on their last legs and will soon be making way for the next trend.’
      • ‘There wasn't much left in it - the tomatoes, the peppers and some marigolds - and most plants were on their last legs.’
      • ‘The Germans were supposed to be on their last legs.’
      • ‘The guy looked like he was on his last legs, moving into court very slowly.’
      dilapidated, worn out, rickety, about to break, about to fall apart, about to collapse
      about to fail, failing, about to go bankrupt, near to ruin, going to the wall
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

last

/lɑːst/

Main definitions of last in English

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last2

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1[with adverbial] (of a process, activity, or state) continue for a specified period of time:

    ‘the guitar solo lasted for twenty minutes’
    ‘childhood seems to last forever’
    • ‘Her conscious state had only lasted about a minute when they came in the room again.’
    • ‘This stage, which centers on colony growth lasts for a period ranging from four months to five years, depending on the species of ant.’
    • ‘The move - after a protracted sale process lasting 30 months - was welcomed by analysts.’
    • ‘People who suffer from autism have a low concentration span, so each activity lasts no longer that half an hour.’
    • ‘One additional mechanism, however, may have its greatest importance in activities lasting from a few minutes to half an hour.’
    • ‘During the past century periods of increased activity have lasted 25 to 30 years.’
    • ‘No one knows exactly when the tradition got started in St Lucia but the event is celebrated with gusto and much frivolity with activities lasting up to a week.’
    • ‘It's also free, for now; you don't pay any more than you do for a text message, although how long this happy state of affairs lasts isn't certain.’
    • ‘During the past hundred years, the periods of increased activity have lasted about 25 to 40 years.’
    • ‘This whole thought process lasted only a few seconds.’
    • ‘There are some rumours to suggest that the social activity lasted almost as long as the golf!’
    • ‘The whole process lasted less than three minutes.’
    • ‘The campaign lasted 30 minutes, and it would continue for a week in all schools.’
    • ‘The activity lasted for 15 minutes, when the light turn off.’
    • ‘A consultative process lasting some six years led to the flawed proposition, which was rejected by a slender majority of those who actually voted.’
    • ‘A typical Alexander lesson lasts for 40 minutes and consists of two parts.’
    • ‘But today, the advantage that you get from outthinking the competition lasts an incredibly short period of time.’
    • ‘It sounds like a series of ‘chips’ and may be delivered in a single continuous bout lasting ten minutes or longer.’
    • ‘The longer the process lasts, the faster the printing presses have to run in an effort to maintain stability.’
    • ‘The whole process lasts about one hour and is perhaps the best 60 minutes you could spend in Manila.’
    continue, go on, carry on, keep on, keep going, run on, proceed, be prolonged
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  • 2Continue to operate or remain usable for a considerable or specified length of time:

    ‘the car is built to last’
    ‘a lip pencil lasts longer than lipstick’
    • ‘The battery lasts for ten hours between charges.’
    • ‘Lithium batteries, lasting up to 10 years and costing £7, are available.’
    • ‘Battery life lasts longer than a round trip train journey between Kilkenny and Dublin.’
    • ‘The fish's battery lasts for up to five hours, though the scientists hope to one day program it to search for and access a recharging station when it runs low.’
    • ‘The satellite's batteries lasted about three weeks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My experience with flashlights is that they work for 5 minutes, and then get very, very dim, so how is it that these batteries lasted so damn long?’
    • ‘Also, my laptop battery lasts longer when it's not spinning the DVD drive for two hours.’
    • ‘The screen has a lithium-ion battery that lasts for three hours if you are willing to watch in the darkest, energy-saving mode.’
    • ‘Being able to play CDs on the go was a great idea, but the 4 AA batteries only lasted about 3 hours, so I didn't end up using it all that much.’
    • ‘It also has an internal microphone, speakers and a battery that lasts for six hours’
    • ‘The main guy was amazed the battery had lasted so long - it was the original one, and the car is eight years old.’
    • ‘Consider how long a cell-phone battery lasts in a benign environment.’
    • ‘We told you about a clever bunch of scientists who've made a battery that could last for decades.’
    • ‘Its battery lasts 12 hours (as opposed to eight), and is easily changed for a new one when the first runs out.’
    • ‘‘I was worried about my car lasting to the end considering that all the motors come from the same place,’ he said.’
    • ‘When on the go the, receiver relies on an internal Li-Ion battery that lasts approximately one hour.’
    • ‘It runs on a battery that lasts at least twelve months, and the inventor claims the sound quality is excellent.’
    • ‘With 3 settings, it runs off 4 AA batteries and it lasts long enough for a decent length camping trip.’
    • ‘In everyday terms, the charge in the batteries containing carbon nanotubes lasts longer.’
    endure, wear well, stand up, keep going, bear up
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    1. 2.1 Manage to continue in a state or position; survive or endure:
      ‘she managed to last out until the end of the programme’
      ‘his condition is so serious that he won't last the night’
      ‘how long does he reckon he'll last as manager?’
      • ‘Not just that night, we lasted for the last two months of junior year.’
      • ‘If he lasts long enough to have impressionists take note of him, his impression wouldn't be that different to John Major, just with a slightly different voice.’
      • ‘Heskey was one of the returning wounded and lasted long enough to do decisive damage.’
      • ‘This was the third grand prix in which Brabham had intended to use a fuel stop, but so far neither Piquet nor his team-mate Riccardo Patrese had lasted sufficiently deep into a race.’
      • ‘I seem to remember that I managed to last out, but by the end I felt distinctly nauseous.’
      • ‘So a final of twelve people lasts twelve weeks - ten evictions, a final and then a show in which the result is announced.’
      • ‘I would love to know how many people lasted until 8 am!’
      • ‘Well, the greatest reward in World War II was survival, if you lasted through it.’
      • ‘He has lasted the course in one of the most turbulent eras in South African rugby.’
      • ‘It was one of the rare occasions when I didn't last the course, and I didn't write about it.’
      • ‘No coach lasted longer or won more games in the Southwest Conference.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm not entirely sure that I'm going to last out the full length of the working day.’
      survive, endure, hold on, hold out, keep going, persevere, exist
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    2. 2.2 (of provisions or resources) be adequate or sufficient for a specified length of time:
      ‘green peppers which had been served with their rice while supplies lasted’
      [with object] ‘he filled the freezer with enough food to last him for three months’
      • ‘Buy now while stocks last because property prices in Bradford are set to soar over the next decade.’
      • ‘A bag of dried food lasts for six months and costs €7.’
      • ‘Hurry while stocks last and enjoy the work of a scholar who took great pride and pleasure in words.’
      • ‘Only when they were in the snows would they need to move as quickly as possible while their food supply lasted, and to avoid too many cold nights.’
      • ‘Somehow, though, the fuel lasted long enough for T-Bone to evade the storm.’
      • ‘And despite all the equipment, he was usually lucky if the day's supply lasted until the following morning.’
      • ‘After that a few beers and then back to ours to play games - we'll probably stay up all night if the beer lasts!’
      • ‘If neither of these happens, the hand is played out to the end, the players replenishing their hands after each trick while the stock lasts.’
      • ‘The emergency food supplies wouldn't have lasted that long!’
      • ‘Last Thursday we had a fairly good supply with water lasting for six hours, Friday we had three hours of water but it went off at about 5pm and it was Saturday evening before we got water again.’
      • ‘This was an airplane that could take off and stay aloft as long as the fuel supply lasted, make turns and so forth.’
      • ‘Having threatened to kill himself he added that he had enough food to last 30 days.’
      • ‘One of the reasons we light candles on Chanukah is that the one-day supply of oil lasted for eight days.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Iraq is thought to have sufficient food stocks to last only until the end of April.’
      • ‘After each trick the hands are replenished to four, so long as the stock lasts, the winner of the trick drawing first.’
      • ‘Despite shortages of certain items like instant coffee, sugar, and most of our milk powder, the food was lasting well.’
      • ‘Bear in mind that this promotion will last for one week only or while stocks last, and then that's your lot.’
      • ‘Enough food should be supplied to the Bushmen to last until the next harvest season.’
      • ‘Preconditioned lady beetles will stay in your garden as long as the food supply lasts, eating aphids and laying eggs to produce larvae that also eat aphids.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

last

/lɑːst/

Main definitions of last in English

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last3

noun

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

    mould, model, pattern, form, matrix
    anvil
    hobbing boot, hobbing foot
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

last

/lɑːst/