[ last, lahst ]
/ læst, lɑst /

verb (used without object)

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.

verb (used with object)

to continue to survive for the duration of (often followed by out): They lasted the war in Switzerland.

Nearby words

  1. lasso,
  2. lasso, orlando di,
  3. lassus,
  4. lassus, orlandus,
  5. lassus, roland de,
  6. last analysis,
  7. last but not least,
  8. last chance saloon,
  9. last fling,
  10. last gasp

Origin of last

before 900; Middle English lasten, Old English lǣstan to follow (literally, go in the tracks of), perform, continue, last; cognate with German laisten to follow, Gothic laistjan. See last3

Synonym study

1. See continue. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for last out

last out

verb (adverb)

(intr) to be sufficient for one's needshow long will our supplies last out?
(tr) to endure or survivesome old people don't last out the winter


/ (lɑːst) /

adjective (often prenominal)



Word Origin for last

variant of Old English latest, lætest, superlative of late


Since last can mean either after all others or most recent, it is better to avoid using this word where ambiguity might arise as in her last novel. Final or latest should be used in such contexts to avoid ambiguity


/ (lɑːst) /


(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
See also last out

Derived Formslaster, noun

Word Origin for last

Old English lǣstan; related to Gothic laistjan to follow


/ (lɑːst) /


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
Derived Formslaster, noun

Word Origin for last

Old English lǣste, from lāst footprint; related to Old Norse leistr foot, Gothic laists


/ (lɑːst) /


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 for last

Old English hlæst load; related to hladan to lade 1

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Word Origin and History for last out
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with last out


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

also see:

  • at last
  • at the last minute
  • breathe one's last
  • each and every (last one)
  • famous last words
  • first and last
  • head for (the last roundup)
  • in the final (last) analysis
  • on one's last legs
  • see the last of
  • stick to one's last
  • to the last
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