last

Something that's last comes at the very end, after any others of its kind. The last day of the year is December 31st.

If you eat the last slice of pizza, you take the final one — it's the only one left in the take-out box. And if you catch the last plane to Bermuda, there are no more flights today. The runner who comes in last is behind everyone else, and a poet's last words are the final ones she speaks during her lifetime, before she dies. As a verb, last means "remain" or "survive."

Primary Meanings of last

1.
adjadvn
coming after all others in time or space or degree or being the only one remaining
the item at the end
the temporal end; the concluding time
2.
v
persist for a specified period of time
3.
adjadv
immediately past
most recently
4.
adj
highest in extent or degree
5.
adj
most unlikely or unsuitable
6.
n
holding device shaped like a human foot that is used to fashion or repair shoes
7.
n
a unit of weight equal to 4,000 pounds
Full Definitions of last
1

adj coming after all others in time or space or degree or being the only one remaining

“the 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”
Synonyms:
fourth-year, senior
used of the fourth and final year in United States high school or college
sunset
providing for termination
ultimate
being the last or concluding element of a series
Antonyms:
first
preceding all others in time or space or degree
front
relating to or located in the front
early
at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time
archetypal, archetypical, prototypal, prototypic, prototypical
representing or constituting an original type after which other similar things are patterned
basic, introductory
serving as a base or starting point
initial
occurring at the beginning
eldest, firstborn
first in order of birth
first-year, freshman
used of a person in the first year of an experience (especially in United States high school or college)
original
preceding all others in time or being as first made or performed
premier, premiere
preceding all others in time
premier, prime
first in rank or degree
prime
used of the first or originating agent
original
being or productive of something fresh and unusual; or being as first made or thought of
primary
of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary
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adj occurring at or forming an end or termination

“the last days of the dinosaurs”
Synonyms:
concluding, final, terminal
closing
final or ending

adj occurring at the time of death

“his last words”
“the last rites”
Synonyms:
dying
in or associated with the process of passing from life or ceasing to be

adj lowest in rank or importance

last prize”
“in last place”
Synonyms:
last-place, lowest
worst
(superlative of `bad') most wanting in quality or value or condition

adj conclusive in a process or progression

“a last resort”
Synonyms:
final, net
ultimate
furthest or highest in degree or order; utmost or extreme

adj not to be altered or undone

“the arbiter will have the last say”
Synonyms:
final
inalterable, unalterable
not capable of being changed or altered

adv the item at the end

last, I'll discuss family values”
Synonyms:
finally, in conclusion, lastly

n the temporal end; the concluding time

Synonyms:
close, conclusion, finale, finis, finish, stopping point
Type of:
end, ending
the point in time at which something ends

n the concluding parts of an event or occurrence

“I had to miss the last of the movie”
Synonyms:
end, final stage
Types:
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end game, endgame
the final stages of a chess game after most of the pieces have been removed from the board
end game, endgame
the final stages of an extended process of negotiation
homestretch
the end of an enterprise
passing
the end of something
Type of:
conclusion, ending, finish
event whose occurrence ends something

n a person's dying act; the final thing a person can do

“he breathed his last
Type of:
activity
any specific behavior

n the time at which life ends; continuing until dead

“a struggle to the last
Synonyms:
death
Type of:
end, ending
the point in time at which something ends

n the last or lowest in an ordering or series

“he was the last to leave”
“he finished an inglorious last
Type of:
rank
relative status
2

v persist for a specified period of time

“The bad weather lasted for three days”
Synonyms:
endure
Types:
run, run for
extend or continue for a certain period of time
endure, hold out, wear
last and be usable
drag on, drag out
last unnecessarily long
Type of:
measure
have certain dimensions

v continue to live through hardship or adversity

“how long can a person last without food and water?”
Synonyms:
endure, go, hold out, hold up, live, live on, survive
be, live
have life, be alive
exist, live, subsist, survive
support oneself
Types:
hold up, hold water, stand up
resist or withstand wear, criticism, etc.
perennate
survive from season to season, of plants
live out
live out one's life; live to the end
3

adj immediately past

last Thursday”
“the last chapter we read”
Synonyms:
past
earlier than the present time; no longer current

adv most recently

“I saw him last in London”
4

adj highest in extent or degree

“to the last measure of human endurance”
“whether they were accomplices in the last degree or a lesser one was...to be determined individually”
Synonyms:
utmost
high
greater than normal in degree or intensity or amount
5

adj most unlikely or unsuitable

“the last person we would have suspected”
“the last man they would have chosen for the job”
Synonyms:
unlikely
has little chance of being the case or coming about
6

n holding device shaped like a human foot that is used to fashion or repair shoes

Synonyms:
cobbler's last, shoemaker's last
Type of:
holding device
a device for holding something
7

n a unit of weight equal to 4,000 pounds

Type of:
weight, weight unit
a unit used to measure weight

n a unit of capacity for grain equal to 80 bushels

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