- 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
Examples from the Web for lasted
The tradition has lasted ever since, being seen as a great natural hangover remedy throughout the world.History's Craziest Hangover Cures
December 30, 2014
A Gaylard Williams Sunday sermon (which lasted for 45 minutes on average) was something to behold.Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault
December 21, 2014
Swelling, pus, the whole shebang; an angry reaction that lasted weeks.Uh Oh: Ebola Vaccine Trials Stop
December 19, 2014
The academic, historic, and geopolitical nonsense that Khomeinism equals Iran has lasted long enough.The Nuclear Deal That Iran’s Regime Fears Most
November 22, 2014
There is a reason these sites have lasted as long as they have.For Rent: Priceless Historic Sites
November 16, 2014
His expedition, which left Copenhagen in 1761, lasted six years.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Old people have a remembrance of a foot of snow which lasted for a week.
But while it lasted no voice rang louder than that of Saunders McClellan's devil.
Life isn't as disheartening as it would be if it lasted longer.
The Franco-German war, therefore, lasted six and a half months.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
- 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 lasted
"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 lasted
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
- 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