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Meaning of “finally” in the English Dictionary

"finally" in British English

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finallyadverb

uk   us   /ˈfaɪ.nə.li/
  • finally adverb (AFTER TIME)

A2 after a ​longtime or some ​difficulty: We finally got ​home at ​midnight. After ​months of ​looking he finally ​found a ​job.

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  • finally adverb (LAST)

B1 used ​especially at the ​beginning of a ​sentence to ​introduce the last ​point or ​idea: Finally, I'd like to ​thank everyone for coming this ​evening.

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(Definition of finally from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"finally" in American English

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finallyadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈfaɪ·nəl·i/
at the end, or after some ​delay: Finally, I just said, "I don’t ​care." We finally got ​home at ​midnight.
(Definition of finally from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"finally" in Business English

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finallyadverb

uk   us   /ˈfaɪnəli/
at the end of a ​longseries of ​events or ​actions: A ​rescueplan was finally ​agreed to ​save the ​plant. Finally, after months of ​speculation, the latest ​model went on ​sale.
(Definition of finally from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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