Meaning of “finally” in the English Dictionary

"finally" in British English

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finallyadverb

uk /ˈfaɪ.nəl.i/ us /ˈfaɪ.nəl.i/

finally adverb (AFTER TIME)

A2 after a long time or some difficulty:

We finally got home at midnight.
After months of looking he finally found a job.

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  • We finally agreed a deal.
  • So Susannah and Guy finally got married, did they?
  • The plan hasn't been finally approved.
  • She finally apologized, but she wasn't very graceful about it.
  • After months of working, he finally finished the garden.

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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  • And finally, we'll take a look at the weather forecast.
  • Finally, sprinkle some grated cheese over the dish.
  • Finally, drain the pasta and mix with the sauce.
  • Finally, what has been the highlight of your career so far?
  • And finally, a reminder of today's headlines.

(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 /ˈfaɪnəli/ us

at the end of a long series of events or actions:

A rescue plan 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)