- occurring or coming after all others, as in time, order, or place: the last line on a page.
- most recent; next before the present; latest: last week; last Friday.
- being the only one remaining: my last dollar; the last outpost; a last chance.
- final: in his last hours.
- ultimate or conclusive; definitive: the last word in the argument.
- lowest in prestige or importance: last prize.
- coming after all others in suitability or likelihood; least desirable: He is the last person we'd want to represent us.
- individual; single: The lecture won't start until every last person is seated.
- utmost; extreme: the last degree of delight.
- Ecclesiastical. (of the sacraments of penance, viaticum, or extreme unction) extreme or final; administered to a person dying or in danger of dying.
- after all others; latest: He arrived last at the party.
- on the most recent occasion: When last seen, the suspect was wearing a checked suit.
- in the end; finally; in conclusion.
- a person or thing that is last.
- a final appearance or mention: We've seen the last of her. That's the last we'll hear of it.
- the end or conclusion: We are going on vacation the last of September.
- at last, after a lengthy pause or delay: He was lost in thought for several minutes, but at last he spoke.
- at long last, after much troublesome or frustrating delay: The ship docked at long last.
- breathe one's last, to die: He was nearly 90 when he breathed his last.
Origin of last1
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- to go on or continue in time: The festival lasted three weeks.
- to continue unexpended or unexhausted; be enough: We'll enjoy ourselves while our money lasts.
- to continue in force, vigor, effectiveness, etc.: to last for the whole course.
- to continue or remain in usable condition for a reasonable period of time: They were handsome shoes but they didn't last.
- to continue to survive for the duration of (often followed by out): They lasted the war in Switzerland.
Origin of last2
- a wooden or metal form in the shape of the human foot on which boots or shoes are shaped or repaired.
- the shape or form of a shoe.
- to shape on or fit to a last.
- stick to one's last, to keep to that work, field, etc., in which one is competent or skilled.
Origin of last3
- any of various large units of weight or capacity, varying in amount in different localities and for different commodities, often equivalent to 4000 pounds (1814.37 kilograms).
Origin of last4
Examples from the Web for lasts
The certification, which lasts three years, was renewed by then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in 2012.The Detainee Abuse Photos Obama Didn’t Want You To See
Noah Shachtman, Tim Mak
December 15, 2014
That lasts about five years, in which time the place has been altered, developed, and ravaged just enough to make you mad.Can Carl Hiaasen Save Florida?
September 19, 2014
We fill every container, bucket and bathtub in the house and it lasts us until the next time.Beating Cancer & Dodging Israel's Bombs
September 1, 2014
Since one year on Saturn lasts roughly 29.5 Earth years, each season is a little more than seven Earth-years long.A Cloud Forms Over Saturn’s Mysterious Moon
Matthew R. Francis
August 17, 2014
A bottle of juice retails for about $12 but lasts a few weeks.This Is Your E-Cigarette on Drugs
July 28, 2014
Winter lasts eight months, and the short summer is tropical.The Roof of France
There is little time for pleasant talk on a farm while daylight lasts.In the Midst of Alarms
Something that lasts only a second, but in which you have a share.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
The period was now entered when the day lasts twenty- four hours.The Field of Ice
If he lasts out, he'll go to where he came from, and we'll find out who's in back of all this.Raiders Invisible
Desmond Winter Hall
- being, happening, or coming at the end or after all othersthe last horse in the race
- being or occurring just before the present; most recentlast Thursday
- last but not least coming last in order but nevertheless important
- last but one next to last
- only remainingone's last cigarette
- most extreme; utmost
- least suitable, appropriate, or likelyhe was the last person I would have chosen
- (esp relating to the end of a person's life or of the world)
- final or ultimatelast rites
- (capital)the Last Judgment
- (postpositive) Liverpool dialect inferior, unpleasant, or contemptiblethis ale is last
- after all others; at or in the endhe came last
- most recentlyhe was last seen in the mountains
- (in combination)last-mentioned
- (sentence modifier) as the last or latest item
- the last
- a person or thing that is last
- the final moment; end
- one's last moments before death
- the last thing a person can do (esp in the phrase breathe one's last)
- the final appearance, mention, or occurrencewe've seen the last of him
- at last in the end; finally
- at long last finally, after difficulty, delay, or irritation
- (when intr, often foll by for) to remain in being (for a length of time); continuehis hatred lasted for several years
- to be sufficient for the needs of (a person) for (a length of time)it will last us until Friday
- (when intr, often foll by for) to remain fresh, uninjured, or unaltered (for a certain time or duration)he lasted for three hours underground
- the wooden or metal form on which a shoe or boot is fashioned or repaired
- (tr) to fit (a shoe or boot) on a last
- a unit of weight or capacity having various values in different places and for different commodities. Commonly used values are 2 tons, 2000 pounds, 80 bushels, or 640 gallons
Word Origin and History for lasts
"following all others," from Old English latost (adj.) and lætest (adv.), superlative of læt (see late). Cognate with Old Frisian lest, Dutch laatst, Old High German laggost, German letzt. Meaning "most recent" is from c.1200. The noun, "last person or thing," is c.1200, from the adjective. Last hurrah is from the title of Edwin O'Connor's 1956 novel. Last word "final, definitive statement" is from 1650s. A dying person's last words so called by 1740. As an adjective, last-minute attested from 1913. Last-chance (adj.) is from 1962.
"endure, go on existing," from Old English læstan "to continue, endure," earlier "accomplish, carry out," literally "to follow a track," from Proto-Germanic *laistjan "to follow a track" (cf. Gothic laistjan "to follow," Old Frisian lasta "to fulfill, to pay (duties)," German leisten "to perform, achieve, afford"), from PIE *leis- "track, furrow."
Related to last (n.), not to last (adj.). Related: Lasted; lasting.
"shoemaker's block," from Old English læste, from last "track, footprint, trace," from Proto-Germanic *laist- (cf. Old Norse leistr "the foot," Middle Dutch, Dutch leest "form, model, last," Old High German leist "track, footprint," German Leisten "last," Gothic laistjan "to follow," Old English læran "to teach"); see last (v.).
Idioms and Phrases with lasts
In addition to the idioms beginning with last
- last analysis
- last but not least
- last fling
- last gasp
- last laugh, have the
- last resort
- last straw, the
- last word, the