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adjective, adverb, pronoun, noun     /lɑːst/ US  /læst/
A2 (the person or thing) after everyone or everything else: [+ to infinitive] I hate being the last one to arrive at a meeting. Our house is the last one on the left before the traffic lights. The Mets will surely finish the season in last place (= at the lowest rank of their division). I know Johnson finished last in the race, but who was second to last (= the one before the one at the end)? I don't know why he bothers to bet - his horses always come in last. At the last moment (= as late as possible) he changed his mind. He always leaves important decisions to the last (possible) moment (= as late as possible).Final and finally at (long) last B1 finally: I've finished my essay at last! At long last the government is starting to listen to our problems.Final and finally the last person, thing, etc. B2 the least expected or wanted person or thing: Three extra people to feed - that's the last thing I need! The last thing I wanted was to make you unhappy. Matthew is the last person I'd expect to be interested in dance. He's the last person I'd trust with my keys.Unsuitable and unacceptable last thing (at night) at the latest time in the day: I'll switch on the washing machine last thing so it'll be finished when I get up in the morning.Late the last time If you say that it is the last time you will do something, you mean that you will never do it again: He never even thanked me, so that's the last time I do him a favour.Final and finally Grammar:Finally, at last, lastly or in the end?Finally, at last, lastly and in the end all have a meaning of ‘after a period of time’. However, we use them in different ways.See more
(Definition of last adjectiveadverbpronounnoun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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