- The definition of last is coming after all others, the most recent, the only remaining or the final.
- An example of last is a race runner who finishes after everyone else.
- An example of last is the week before this one.
- An example of last is the final argument that ends a friendship.
- Last means after all others.
An example of last is the person who comes to the movie after everyone else.
- Last is defined as a person or thing that happens after everyone or everything else.
An example of last is the final runner to cross the finish line in a race.
- Last is to go on or continue for awhile.
An example of last is to endure a 10 mile hike.
last definition by Webster's New World
- being or coming after all others in place; farthest from the first; hindmost
- coming after all others in time; farthest from the beginning; latest
- only remaining: took the last chocolate in the box
- directly before the present: last month
- farthest from what is expected; least likely: would be the last person to suspect anything
- utmost; greatest
- coming after all others in importance; lowest in rank
- newest: the last thing in hats
- conclusive; authoritative: the last word in scientific research
- individual: used as an intensive: to spend every last cent
Origin: Middle English laste, earlier latest, latst ; from Old English latost, superlative of adjective læt, adv. late: see late
- after all others; at the end
- most recently
- finally; in conclusion
- someone or something which comes last: the last of the kings
- the final or concluding part; end: friends to the last
- to remain in existence or operation; continue; go on; endure
- to remain in good condition; wear well
- to continue unconsumed, unspent, etc.: enough food to last for a month
Origin: Middle English lasten ; from Old English læstan, akin to German leisten, transitive verb , to perform, carry out, Gothic laistjan, literally , to follow in the track of ; from Indo-European base an unverified form leis-, a track, spoor from source Classical Latin lira, furrow (see learn): sense development: to follow — to go on, continue
- laster noun
Origin: Middle English laste ; from Old English læst, a boot, læste, shoemaker's last ; from base of last, footstep, track, furrow ; from same base as last
- laster noun
Origin: Middle English laste ; from Old English hlæst (akin to German last, Old High German hlast) ; from base of hladan: see lade
last definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Being, coming, or placed after all others; final: the last game of the season.
- Being the only one left: his last nickel; as a last resort.
- Just past; most recent: last year; the last time I checked.
- Most up-to-date; newest: the last thing in swimwear.
- Highest in extent or degree; utmost: to the last measure of human endurance.
- Most valid, authoritative, or conclusive: The arbiter will have the last say in resolving this dispute.
- a. Least likely or expected: the last person we would have suspected.b. The least desirable or suitable: the last man for the job.
- Being the latest possible: waited until the last second before boarding the train.
- Lowest in rank or importance: last prize; last place.
- Used as an intensive: Every last dollar was donated to charity.
- a. Of or relating to a terminal period or stage, as of life: the last days of the dinosaurs.b. Administered just before death: the last sacraments.
- After all others in chronology or sequence: arrived last.
- Most recently: a fashion last popular in the 1940s.
- At the end; finally: Add the butter last.
- One that is at the end or last: the last to be chosen; on every page but the last.
- The end: held out until the last.
- The final mention or appearance: haven't seen the last of our troubles.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English latost, superlative of lǽt, late; see lē- in Indo-European roots.
- lastˈly adverb
verb last·ed, last·ing, lasts verb, intransitive
- a. To continue in time; go on: The war lasted four years.b. To continue; survive: The patient is not expected to last much longer.
- a. To remain in good or usable condition: Produce lasts longer if it is refrigerated. I wanted a car that would last.b. To continue in force or practice: wondered if the marriage would last.
- To remain in adequate supply: Will our water last?
- To keep adequately supplied: left enough bread to last the family for the weekend.
- To persist or endure for the entire length of; survive: hoped to last the season without injuring her leg again.
Origin: Middle English lasten, from Old English lǣstan; see leis-1 in Indo-European roots.
Origin: Middle English leste, laste, from Old English lǣste, from lǣst, lāst, sole of the foot; see leis-1 in Indo-European roots.
noun Chiefly British
Origin: Middle English, load, a kind of measure, from Old English hlǽst, load.
last - Business Definition
last - Investment & Finance Definition
last - Phrases/Idioms
at (long) last
see the last of
stick to one's last
- to keep to one's own work
- to mind one's own business
at long last
Variant of late
- happening, coming, etc. after the usual, proper, or expected time; tardy; behindhand
- happening, being, continuing, etc. far on in the day, night, year, etc.: the late afternoon, a late party
- happening, being, continuing, etc. toward the end; far advanced in a period, development, etc.: the late Middle Ages
- happening, appearing, etc. just previous to the present time; recent: a late news bulletin
- having been so recently but not now: the late allies
- having recently died
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English læt, slow, sluggish, tardy, akin to Dutch laat, German lass, slow, lazy ; from Indo-European an unverified form lēid ; from base an unverified form lēi-, to neglect, let go from source let, Classical Latin lassus, weak
- lateness noun