Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “last”


adjective, adverb, pronoun     /lɑːst/ US  /læst/
A1 (being) the most recent or the one before the present one: Did you hear the storm last night (= during the previous night)? Did you see the news on TV last night (= yesterday evening)? They got married last November. When was the last time you had a cigarette? When did you last have a cigarette? She's been working there for the last month (= for the four weeks until now).formal Could you account for your whereabouts on Sunday last? The/These last five years have been very difficult for him. The last we heard of her, she was working as an English teacher in France. Each of her paintings has been better than the last.In the past 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 adjectiveadverbpronoun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of last

Definitions of “last” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


showing a wish to help or bring advantages to others, even if it results in disadvantage for yourself

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More