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English adjective: last

1. last immediately past

SamplesLast Thursday.
The last chapter we read.


Antonymsfuture, present

2. last coming after all others in time or space or degree or being the only one remaining

SamplesThe last time I saw Paris.
The last day of the month.
Had the last word.
Waited until the last minute.
He raised his voice in a last supreme call.
The last game of the season.
Down to his last nickel.

Similarfourth-year, senior, sunset, ultimate


3. last occurring at or forming an end or termination

SamplesHis concluding words came as a surprise.
The final chapter.
The last days of the dinosaurs.
Terminal leave.

Synonymsconcluding, final, terminal



4. last most unlikely or unsuitable

SamplesThe last person we would have suspected.
The last man they would have chosen for the job.



5. last occurring at the time of death

SamplesHis last words.
The last rites.



6. last conclusive in a process or progression

SamplesThe final answer.
A last resort.
The net result.

Synonymsfinal, net



7. last highest in extent or degree

SamplesTo the last measure of human endurance.
Whether they were accomplices in the last degree or a lesser one was...to be determined individually.




8. last not to be altered or undone

SamplesThe judge's decision is final.
The arbiter will have the last say.


Similarinalterable, unalterable


9. last lowest in rank or importance

SamplesLast prize.
In last place.

Synonymslast-place, lowest



English noun: last

1. last (time) the temporal end; the concluding time

SamplesThe stopping point of each round was signaled by a bell.
The market was up at the finish.
They were playing better at the close of the season.

Synonymsclose, conclusion, finale, finis, finish, stopping point

Broader (hypernym)end, ending

2. last the last or lowest in an ordering or series

SamplesHe was the last to leave.
He finished an inglorious last.

Broader (hypernym)rank

3. last (act) a person's dying act; the final thing a person can do

SamplesHe breathed his last.

Broader (hypernym)activity

4. last (time) the time at which life ends; continuing until dead

SamplesShe stayed until his death.
A struggle to the last.


Broader (hypernym)end, ending

5. last (quantity) a unit of weight equal to 4,000 pounds

Broader (hypernym)weight, weight unit

6. last (quantity) a unit of capacity for grain equal to 80 bushels

Broader (hypernym)capacity measure, capacity unit, cubage unit, cubature unit, cubic content unit, cubic measure, displacement unit, volume unit

Domain regionBritain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

7. last (event) the concluding parts of an event or occurrence

SamplesThe end was exciting.
I had to miss the last of the movie.

Synonymsend, final stage

Broader (hypernym)conclusion, ending, finish

Narrower (hyponym)end game, end game, endgame, endgame, homestretch, passing

8. last (artifact) holding device shaped like a human foot that is used to fashion or repair shoes

Synonymscobbler's last, shoemaker's last

Broader (hypernym)holding device

English adverb: last

1. last most_recently

SamplesI saw him last in London.

2. last the item at the end

SamplesLast, I'll discuss family values.

Synonymsfinally, in conclusion, lastly

English verb: last

1. last (stative) persist for a specified period of time

SamplesThe bad weather lasted for three days.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)measure

Narrower (hyponym)drag on, drag out, endure, hold out, run, run for, wear

2. last (stative) continue to live through hardship or adversity

SamplesWe went without water and food for 3 days.
These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America.
The race car driver lived through several very serious accidents.
How long can a person last without food and water?.

ExamplesThe business is going to last

Synonymsendure, go, hold out, hold up, live, live on, survive

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)hold up, hold water, live out, perennate, stand up

Entailbe, live

Verb groupbe, exist, live, live, subsist, survive

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