[ fahyn-l-ee ]
See synonyms for finally on
  1. at the final point or moment; in the end.

  2. in a final manner; conclusively or decisively.

  1. at last; eventually; after considerable delay: After three tries, he finally passed his driving test.

Origin of finally

First recorded in 1325–75; final + -ly

Words Nearby finally Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use finally in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for finally


/ (ˈfaɪnəlɪ) /

  1. after a long delay; at last; eventually

  2. at the end or final point; lastly

  1. completely; conclusively; irrevocably

sentence connector
  1. in the end; lastly: finally, he put his tie on

  2. as the last or final point: linking what follows with the previous statements, as in a speech or argument

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