Main meanings of last in English

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adjective

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

    ‘they caught the last bus’
    • ‘After the last supper on the final night, the team set off from the camp at midnight.’
    • ‘Sure enough, when we arrived at the bus station it turned out that the last bus had already left.’
    • ‘Ironically, the teams are due to met again just six days after the final for the last league match of the season.’
    • ‘Leaving his boyhood club was like closing the last page on a well-thumbed book.’
    • ‘We closed the last page knowing that maybe everything will be ok after all.’
    • ‘Be sure to look at the last page for the potato menu, a selection of no less than six potato sides.’
    • ‘Walking back to Puraniya crossing would have made us miss the last bus to the campus.’
    • ‘The two youngsters then missed the last bus back to Corsham, and decided they would walk back.’
    • ‘Yesterday we sent the last page off to be printed, and went for a drink to celebrate.’
    • ‘Got sent home early since the place was dead, a nice change to actually get the last bus.’
    • ‘Except the last few pages of the last chapter had a smudgy white line down the middle.’
    • ‘There is always one image from a book that stays with you after the last page has ended.’
    • ‘St Jack on the last page of his journal reported nine influenza deaths at the mission.’
    • ‘After checking those out and a few other shops I managed to nick onto the last bus home to Huddersfield!’
    • ‘I think that is what is wrapped up in the concession that you took us to on the last page of that document.’
    • ‘The images conjured from her words linger long after the last page has been turned.’
    • ‘Finally she reached the last page, the last bit of the story she had liked so much.’
    • ‘If you don't have the patience to wade through the jargon, just directly go to the last page.’
    • ‘It's a great read that will have your tongue hanging out to join in the odyssey by the last page.’
    • ‘Some lines had been added on the last page; but they had been so carefully erased as to be illegible.’
    rearmost, rear, hindmost, bringing up the rear, nearest the rear, at the end, furthest back, at the back, at the back of the queue, 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. 1.1Met 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. 1.2The lowest in importance or rank.
      ‘finishing in last place’
      as complement ‘he came last in the race’
      • ‘Not sure if we came last overall, I think we won some crayons though so it wasn't all bad.’
      • ‘A muddled Mr North came last, answering only five correct questions in the allotted time.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Albert the Great, seeking his fifth consecutive victory, finished last in the field of seven three-year-olds.’
      • ‘Chad ranked last on the African list and 101st globally.’
      • ‘Last season, the Sharks finished last in the league in penalty killing.’
      • ‘Money came last on the list.’
      • ‘Without Thomas' scheming, the Vikings might rank last against the pass.’
      • ‘They ranked last in the majors in runs scored.’
      • ‘Flaming Bridle was subsequently disqualified and placed last in the field of eight.’
    3. 1.3the lastThe least likely or suitable.
      ‘he's the last person I'd turn to for help’
      ‘ the last thing she needed was a husband’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If a site is named after a marine creature, that is usually the last creature you're likely to see.’
      • ‘It was the last myth that anyone needed, least of all those who loathe the notion of intractability.’
      • ‘The adverse publicity generated by the hijacking was the last thing the airline needed.’
      • ‘The last thing it needs, then, is a gang of young yobs terrorising shoppers in the town centre.’
      • ‘That is the last thing a place with an economy largely dependent on the goodwill of visitors needs.’
      • ‘The last thing they need is to witness, or be involved in, an act of violence against a member of staff.’
      • ‘The last thing we want is to put ourselves in the position where he is taunted or provoked and reacts again.’
      • ‘So the last thing the manager needs looming large are encounters with ghosts of seasons past.’
      • ‘The last thing he wanted was some young accounts exec showing him the money when he least expected it.’
      • ‘The donor goes through major surgery and the last thing we want is them to suffer complications.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is also a fear that their children will be taken away from them which is the last thing anyone wants.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm hoping that it will be benign as the last thing she needs is more radiotherapy.’
      • ‘The last thing you want to do is to make a complacent audience feel more happy in their complacency.’
      • ‘I've worked hard for it and rest assured the last thing I will ever do is take it for granted.’
      • ‘When taking out a student loan the last thing on most people's minds is how they intend to pay it back.’
      • ‘The last thing he and his wife have in mind is returning south with their tails between their legs.’
      • ‘The last thing I want when I go to the local bar or the local cinema is smoke clogging up my throat.’
      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’
    • ‘The RMT has already had six days of strikes, the most recent of them last Friday and Saturday.’
    • ‘This is what appears to have happened with the most recent Games, staged last year in Athens.’
    • ‘They are not the result of lack of care this year, last year or indeed recent years.’
    • ‘The very successful Ladies football team won the junior title as recent as last year.’
    • ‘The judge said last night that he expected the terms of the new control orders to be very similar.’
    • ‘Even if they are on the same points tally as this time last term, the confidence and enjoyment levels are both on the up.’
    • ‘In terms of finance alone, last night was the difference between digging gold or iron pyrites.’
    • ‘So really quite late last night, perhaps even after half past ten, I went into the kitchen.’
    • ‘This is their second term in charge and last year proved to be an enjoyable one for all involved.’
    • ‘He looks set for another lucrative campaign and is selected to start off as he ended last term, on a winning note.’
    • ‘The children and staff at the school said farewell to Mick at the end of term last week, but he has not quite finished.’
    • ‘Where their rucking had been crisp and brutal last term, this time out it was hesitant and laboured.’
    • ‘We left quite late last night and we walked past the plant on the way out.’
    • ‘He served two terms in prison last year, for dangerous driving and then for breaking a curfew order.’
    • ‘Two great Test players of the past made quite a scene on a television show last night.’
    • ‘However, this slump was the smallest in percentage terms since March of last year.’
    • ‘On last Sunday night in the Drum Inn in Clogher, the massive Jackpot was up for grabs.’
    • ‘A French woman who was the victim of a vicious assault in Cork said last night her life is in ruins.’
    • ‘Their ordeal started after they retired to bed at about 10.30 last Thursday night.’
    • ‘A spokesman for the company last night refused to comment on the speculation linking him with the top job.’
    previous, preceding
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    1. 2.1Immediately preceding in order; previous in a sequence or enumeration.
      ‘their last album’
      ‘this last point is critical’
      • ‘We tried and failed but, if we leave anything, judge us by that last album.’
      • ‘He warns the technicians on the other side of the studio glass that he won't do anything from the last album.’
      • ‘Her last album, All I Have went gold back in 2002, and this new one is said to be even better.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Perhaps most significantly of all, a couple of the tracks on the last album don't sound Asian at all.’
      • ‘With the last album, fans said their favourite songs were the ones we wrote ourselves.’
      • ‘It was also very dismissive of the last two albums, which was rather narrow minded.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The set was drawn mostly from the last two albums, but the occasional early song fit in seamlessly.’
      • ‘With the last album only 11 months old, surely it is too soon for their inclusion?’
      • ‘Whereas the last album had the two killer singles, the rest was a mid-paced affair.’
      • ‘When we wrote the last album in Spain we managed to catch three matches over there.’
      • ‘Their live sound is rougher round the edges than the pristine sound on the last two albums.’
      • ‘Each of the last six recessions in the US was preceded by an inversion in the yield curve.’
      • ‘Did the last albums start with a desire to make an album for somebody who wouldn't buy it anyway?’
      • ‘That last comment makes it clear that the previous observations of Forbes J were obiter dicta.’
      • ‘Thanks to recent controversy, this last visit has taken on a greater importance than usual.’
      • ‘I haven't seen James or Michael since that last ball, I hope James wasn't too mad at me.’
  • 3Only remaining.

    ‘it's our last hope’
    • ‘For a long period, Broadland was the last remaining major stronghold in the country.’
    • ‘With scores level and one over remaining, the last pair were at the wicket.’
    • ‘The batter was dry and crisp and remained so until the last scrap was eaten.’
    • ‘It knows that the last remaining strong union in this country is to be found in the State sector.’
    • ‘The last remaining light bulb in my bedroom light fixture is about to die and I'm not tall enough to reach it.’
    • ‘That is exactly the posture we should welcome from the world's last remaining superpower.’
    • ‘She's got a baby on the way - in fact, she's the last remaining pregnant lady on the planet.’
    • ‘And numbers of the plant have dropped to worrying levels at its last remaining refuge.’
    • ‘The last remaining days of March just flew by and before I could turn around twice mid April was upon me.’
    • ‘Does this explain why it's so hard to get rid of the last remaining samples of the virus?’
    • ‘Lana moved to the back of the classroom and took the last remaining seat which happened to be next to the girl.’
    • ‘Rosalind was the last to remain in the courtroom, watchful and concerned for her son.’
    • ‘We can expect the battle for the last remaining dregs of the fossil fuel fantasia to be vicious.’
    • ‘They are the last bastion and hope we have for our citizens, and the evidence is very simple.’
    • ‘It has been said more than once that Simeon represents the last hope for Bulgarians.’
    • ‘A sudden clearing of the fog of confusion on the Tyne is English devolution's last hope.’
    • ‘I dream of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The last hope was the space under boulders into which our little stream sank.’
    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’
    • ‘Mrs Castell last heard from her son when he was in Kuwait, two days before the war began on March 20.’
    • ‘Mr Cooper last heard from the company on July 29 and is waiting to see how things progress.’
    • ‘The former must be assumed dead by now, and the latter was last heard of working in Switzerland.’
    • ‘Emma last heard from her husband two weeks ago when he told her was safe and well.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We were at the first crossroads, where I had last seen him four nights previously.’
  • 2in 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’

nounlast

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

Phrases

    — one's last
    • Do something for the last time.

      ‘the dying embers sparked their last’
    at last
    • In the end; after much delay.

      ‘you've come back to me at last!’
      • ‘Coupled with the power in your house of partners, it's clear you are at last ready to settle down.’
      • ‘Finally, at long last, much surfing on the net brought me to a site that had my mystery plant.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The second reason why I have confidence about the future is that, at long last, sponsors are taking a stand.’
      • ‘Swindon looks set to gain a new central library at long last.’
      • ‘So I suspect this is one thing that we might get some information on, at long last.’
      • ‘Tired but home at last, the kid jumps out of the car and gently rubs his face.’
      • ‘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.’
    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, 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.’
      • ‘The components of the parrot cage is the last but not least of the important aspects when buying parrot cages.’
      • ‘And last but not least, the investigation was closed with unseemly haste.’
      • ‘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, 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, what about patient care?’
      • ‘And last but not least, I did not receive a text message from the ex.’
      • ‘And last but not least, I've become depressed, noncommittal, and grossly pessimistic.’
    the last word
    • 1The final or definitive pronouncement on or decision about a subject.

      ‘he's always determined to have the last word’
      ‘they always left the last word to the editor herself’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘No one person may always have the last word just for the sake of having the last word.’
      • ‘Ailsa would have the last word on that count: Norman missed the 54-hole cut.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And on this it is I, together with my colleagues in the Commons, who will have the last word.’
      • ‘That is why York residents must have the last word on their redevelopment.’
    • 2The finest or most modern, fashionable, or advanced example of something.

      ‘the spa is the last word in luxury and efficiency’
      • ‘Do you think salt-and-pepper is the last word in style, or would you rather dye than reveal your roots - and your age?’
      • ‘This was back in the days when Genesis were considered to be the last word in cool by a certain strata of English youth.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘Charlotte Square is the last word in Georgian elegance, but on a November afternoon it's an underpopulated place.’
      • ‘It's the last word in dramatic decadence, rippling with eroticism.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Is it still the last word in the vital, thrusting youth culture?’
      • ‘The company whose locomotive pulled it could boast that it was a state of the art vehicle, the last word in design and comfort.’
      • ‘Composting is the last word in recycling and great for cutting emissions.’
    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’
      • ‘If you go last thing in the evening to the amphitheatre you might leave with a tear or two.’
      • ‘I want to dump it into a cradle last thing at night, where it will charge up again ready for the next night.’
      • ‘If a man irritates a woman she is not going to wait until the last thing at night to express her annoyance.’
    last orders
    • (in a bar or pub) said to inform customers that closing time is approaching and that any further drinks should be bought immediately.

      ‘last orders, gentlemen, please’
      ‘the barman had finally called last orders’
      • ‘Showed up just in time for the last call of dollar drinks.’
      • ‘And extending a convivial night's drinking after last orders has been called is a long standing Dales custom.’
      • ‘It will help get away from binge drinking and drinking vast amounts before last orders.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The other returns to the table, it's getting close to last orders so shorter drinks with higher alcohol content are the very thing.’
      • ‘Most people have had enough to drink when last orders are called at 2am.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

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 meanings of last in English

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last2

verb

[no object]
  • 1with 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’
    • ‘But today, the advantage that you get from outthinking the competition lasts an incredibly short period of time.’
    • ‘The whole process lasted less than three minutes.’
    • ‘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 activity lasted for 15 minutes, when the light turn off.’
    • ‘Her conscious state had only lasted about a minute when they came in the room again.’
    • ‘It sounds like a series of ‘chips’ and may be delivered in a single continuous bout lasting ten minutes or longer.’
    • ‘During the past hundred years, the periods of increased activity have lasted about 25 to 40 years.’
    • ‘During the past century periods of increased activity have lasted 25 to 30 years.’
    • ‘There are some rumours to suggest that the social activity lasted almost as long as the golf!’
    • ‘The whole process lasts about one hour and is perhaps the best 60 minutes you could spend in Manila.’
    • ‘One additional mechanism, however, may have its greatest importance in activities lasting from a few minutes to half an hour.’
    • ‘The campaign lasted 30 minutes, and it would continue for a week in all schools.’
    • ‘This whole thought process lasted only a few seconds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A typical Alexander lesson lasts for 40 minutes and consists of two parts.’
    • ‘A consultative process lasting some six years led to the flawed proposition, which was rejected by a slender majority of those who actually voted.’
    • ‘People who suffer from autism have a low concentration span, so each activity lasts no longer that half an hour.’
    • ‘The longer the process lasts, the faster the printing presses have to run in an effort to maintain stability.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The move - after a protracted sale process lasting 30 months - was welcomed by analysts.’
    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’
    • ‘Consider how long a cell-phone battery lasts in a benign environment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Its battery lasts 12 hours (as opposed to eight), and is easily changed for a new one when the first runs out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The main guy was amazed the battery had lasted so long - it was the original one, and the car is eight years old.’
    • ‘It also has an internal microphone, speakers and a battery that lasts for six hours’
    • ‘The battery lasts for ten hours between charges.’
    • ‘Also, my laptop battery lasts longer when it's not spinning the DVD drive for two hours.’
    • ‘‘I was worried about my car lasting to the end considering that all the motors come from the same place,’ he said.’
    • ‘Lithium batteries, lasting up to 10 years and costing £7, are available.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘The satellite's batteries lasted about three weeks.’
    • ‘We told you about a clever bunch of scientists who've made a battery that could last for decades.’
    • ‘The screen has a lithium-ion battery that lasts for three hours if you are willing to watch in the darkest, energy-saving mode.’
    • ‘When on the go the, receiver relies on an internal Li-Ion battery that lasts approximately one hour.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In everyday terms, the charge in the batteries containing carbon nanotubes lasts longer.’
    • ‘Battery life lasts longer than a round trip train journey between Kilkenny and Dublin.’
    • ‘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.’
    endure, wear well, stand up, keep going, bear up
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    1. 2.1Manage 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?’
      • ‘I seem to remember that I managed to last out, but by the end I felt distinctly nauseous.’
      • ‘Well, the greatest reward in World War II was survival, if you lasted through it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘No coach lasted longer or won more games in the Southwest Conference.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I would love to know how many people lasted until 8 am!’
      • ‘So a final of twelve people lasts twelve weeks - ten evictions, a final and then a show in which the result is announced.’
      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’
      • ‘Iraq is thought to have sufficient food stocks to last only until the end of April.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Buy now while stocks last because property prices in Bradford are set to soar over the next decade.’
      • ‘After each trick the hands are replenished to four, so long as the stock lasts, the winner of the trick drawing first.’
      • ‘Bear in mind that this promotion will last for one week only or while stocks last, and then that's your lot.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Having threatened to kill himself he added that he had enough food to last 30 days.’
      • ‘Hurry while stocks last and enjoy the work of a scholar who took great pride and pleasure in words.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The emergency food supplies wouldn't have lasted that long!’
      • ‘And despite all the equipment, he was usually lucky if the day's supply lasted until the following morning.’
      • ‘One of the reasons we light candles on Chanukah is that the one-day supply of oil lasted for eight days.’
      • ‘This was an airplane that could take off and stay aloft as long as the fuel supply lasted, make turns and so forth.’
      • ‘A bag of dried food lasts for six months and costs €7.’
      • ‘Despite shortages of certain items like instant coffee, sugar, and most of our milk powder, the food was lasting well.’
      • ‘Enough food should be supplied to the Bushmen to last until the next harvest season.’
      • ‘Somehow, though, the fuel lasted long enough for T-Bone to evade the storm.’
      • ‘After that a few beers and then back to ours to play games - we'll probably stay up all night if the beer lasts!’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

last

/lɑːst/

Main meanings 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
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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/