Other forms: lasted; lasting; lasts

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."

Definitions of last
  1. adjective
    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”
    fourth-year, senior
    used of the fourth and final year in United States high school or college
    providing for termination
    being the last or concluding element of a series
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    preceding all others in time or space or degree
    relating to or located in the front
    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
    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)
    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
    used of the first or originating agent
    being or productive of something fresh and unusual; or being as first made or thought of
    of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary
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  2. adjective
    occurring at or forming an end or termination
    “the last days of the dinosaurs”
    synonyms: concluding, final, terminal
    final or ending
  3. adjective
    occurring at the time of death
    “his last words”
    “the last rites”
    in or associated with the process of passing from life or ceasing to be
  4. adjective
    lowest in rank or importance
    last prize”
    “in last place”
    synonyms: last-place, lowest
    (superlative of `bad') most wanting in quality or value or condition
  5. adjective
    conclusive in a process or progression
    “a last resort”
    synonyms: final, net
    furthest or highest in degree or order; utmost or extreme
  6. adjective
    not to be altered or undone
    “the arbiter will have the last say”
    synonyms: final
    inalterable, unalterable
    not capable of being changed or altered
  7. adverb
    the item at the end
    last, I'll discuss family values”
    synonyms: finally, in conclusion, lastly
  8. noun
    the temporal end; the concluding time
    synonyms: close, conclusion, finale, finis, finish, stopping point
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    type of:
    end, ending
    the point in time at which something ends
  9. noun
    the concluding parts of an event or occurrence
    “I had to miss the last of the movie”
    synonyms: end, final stage
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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
    the end of an enterprise
    the end of something
    type of:
    conclusion, ending, finish
    event whose occurrence ends something
  10. noun
    a person's dying act; the final thing a person can do
    “he breathed his last
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    type of:
    any specific behavior
  11. noun
    the time at which life ends; continuing until dead
    “a struggle to the last
    synonyms: death
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    type of:
    end, ending
    the point in time at which something ends
  12. noun
    the last or lowest in an ordering or series
    “he was the last to leave”
    “he finished an inglorious last
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    relative status
  13. verb
    persist for a specified period of time
    “The bad weather lasted for three days”
    synonyms: endure
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    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:
    have certain dimensions
  14. verb
    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
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    hold up, hold water, stand up
    resist or withstand wear, criticism, etc.
    survive from season to season, of plants
    live out
    live out one's life; live to the end
  15. adjective
    immediately past
    last Thursday”
    “the last chapter we read”
    earlier than the present time; no longer current
  16. adverb
    most recently
    “I saw him last in London”
  17. adjective
    highest in extent or degree
    “to the last measure of human endurance”
    “whether they were accomplices in the last degree or a lesser one be determined individually”
    synonyms: utmost
    greater than normal in degree or intensity or amount
  18. adjective
    most unlikely or unsuitable
    “the last person we would have suspected”
    “the last man they would have chosen for the job”
    has little chance of being the case or coming about
  19. noun
    holding device shaped like a human foot that is used to fashion or repair shoes
    synonyms: cobbler's last, shoemaker's last
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    type of:
    holding device
    a device for holding something
  20. noun
    a unit of weight equal to 4,000 pounds
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    weight, weight unit
    a unit used to measure weight
  21. noun
    a unit of capacity for grain equal to 80 bushels




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