Definition of finally in English:



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

    ‘he finally arrived to join us’
    • ‘Fifteen jobs were lost at that time and when Acre finally closed this week it was down to just five staff.’
    • ‘Have they not even considered what will happen to these people when the centre finally closes its doors?’
    • ‘The two families met soon after, when Susan was finally introduced to her cousin.’
    • ‘A couple of weeks ago I finally completed the purchase of a one-bedroom flat in London.’
    • ‘The bridge will allow the agency to finally close a controversial gap in the central reservation.’
    • ‘As the chatter died at the sudden events, it seemed that things were finally under way.’
    • ‘After he had gone on for eons, he finally came to the reason why most in the House were present.’
    • ‘I drank it all in, just being there in the almost deserted cafeteria, so close to her finally.’
    • ‘About an hour later, we finally arrived at the mall and headed to the clothing stores.’
    • ‘Once it was closed the judge finally looked up from the papers on his desk.’
    • ‘She began to doubt Sarah would speak at all, but finally a small, quiet voice broke the silence.’
    • ‘This was pretty much the feeling I had when I finally got up close, and went inside.’
    • ‘The only reason I can write this tonight, is because we finally have a day off tomorrow.’
    • ‘The doctor tried to reason with me but finally gave up with a look of exasperation.’
    • ‘When I finally closed this book I confess to having some sympathy with the Queen Empress.’
    • ‘The long wait for followers of the professional sports car racing series is finally over.’
    • ‘The happiest day of my life finally draws to a close and I drift off to sleep with a smile on my face.’
    • ‘When he finally got to relate the details of his adventure, he gave her a paper bag as he spoke.’
    • ‘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.’
    eventually, ultimately, in the end, by and by, at length, after a long time, after some time
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    1. 1.1As the last in a series of related events or objects.
      ‘a referendum followed by local, legislative, and, finally, presidential elections’
      • ‘Mention it a few times, point out how cool it is and how you've always wanted one, and finally ask for it outright.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He lingered on for several months, finally succumbing to a series of strokes.’
    2. 1.2[sentence adverb]Used to introduce a final point or reason.
      ‘finally, it is common knowledge that travel broadens the horizons’
    3. 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’
      • ‘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.’