Definition of finally in US English:



  • 1After a long time, typically involving difficulty or delay.

    ‘he finally arrived to join us’
    • ‘A couple of weeks ago I finally completed the purchase of a one-bedroom flat in London.’
    • ‘Once it was closed the judge finally looked up from the papers on his desk.’
    • ‘When he finally got to relate the details of his adventure, he gave her a paper bag as he spoke.’
    • ‘She began to doubt Sarah would speak at all, but finally a small, quiet voice broke the silence.’
    • ‘The editing process has finally come to a close and the film is as good as finished.’
    • ‘The only reason the district council finally repaired them was because of public pressure.’
    • ‘The happiest day of my life finally draws to a close and I drift off to sleep with a smile on my face.’
    • ‘The two families met soon after, when Susan was finally introduced to her cousin.’
    • ‘Fifteen jobs were lost at that time and when Acre finally closed this week it was down to just five staff.’
    • ‘As the chatter died at the sudden events, it seemed that things were finally under way.’
    • ‘Have they not even considered what will happen to these people when the centre finally closes its doors?’
    • ‘When I finally closed this book I confess to having some sympathy with the Queen Empress.’
    • ‘The doctor tried to reason with me but finally gave up with a look of exasperation.’
    • ‘I drank it all in, just being there in the almost deserted cafeteria, so close to her finally.’
    • ‘The only reason I can write this tonight, is because we finally have a day off tomorrow.’
    • ‘The bridge will allow the agency to finally close a controversial gap in the central reservation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After he had gone on for eons, he finally came to the reason why most in the House were present.’
    • ‘This was pretty much the feeling I had when I finally got up close, and went inside.’
    eventually, ultimately, in the end, by and by, at length, after a long time, after some time
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    1. 1.1 As the last in a series of related events or objects.
      ‘a referendum followed by local, legislative and, finally, presidential elections’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He lingered on for several months, finally succumbing to a series of strokes.’
      lastly, last, in conclusion, to conclude, in closing, to end, last but not least
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    2. 1.2sentence adverb Used to introduce a final point or reason.
      ‘finally, it is common knowledge that travel broadens the horizons’
    3. 1.3 In such a way as to put an end to doubt and dispute.
      ‘to dispel finally the belief that auditors were clients of the company’
      • ‘Hendry is hoping he has finally silenced the doubts over his new cue after beating Dale.’
      • ‘The parties may agree to accept the decision of the adjudicator as finally determining the dispute.’
      conclusively, irrevocably, decisively, definitively, definitely, absolutely, for ever, for good, for all time, once and for all, permanently
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