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lastnoun [U]

 us   /læst/

last noun [U] (FINAL)

the ​person or thing after everyone or everything ​else: Heather was the last to go to ​bed and the first to get up.

last noun [U] (NO MORE)

the only one or ​part that is ​left: Mark ​ate the last of the ​icecream.

last noun [U] (MOST RECENT)

the most ​recent, or the one before the ​present one: We had ​lunch together the ​week/​month before last (= two ​weeks/​months ago). The last we ​heard, she was ​teachingEnglishoverseas. Each of her ​novelsseemsbetter than the last.

lastadjective [not gradable]

 us   /læst/

last adjective [not gradable] (NOT DESIRABLE)

being the least ​desirable or least ​likely: Traveling ​across the ​country with two ​smallchildren is the last thing I ​want to do.

lastverb

 us   /læst/

last verb (CONTINUE)

to ​continue for a ​period of ​time, or to ​continue to ​exist: [I] The ​tour lasts about an ​hour. [I] She’s into ​soccer at the ​moment, but it won’t last. To last is also to ​continue in a ​situationalthough it is ​difficult: [L] Her ​previoussecretary only lasted a ​month. To last is also to ​continue to ​work well or ​stay in good ​condition: [I] I’d ​ratherpay a little more and ​buyclothing that’s going to last.

lastadjective, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /læst/

last adjective, adverb [not gradable] (FINAL)

(coming) after everyone or everything ​else: In ​mathtests, American ​students came in last (= ranked the ​lowest). He was last in ​line for ​tickets. Our ​house is the last one on the ​left. Despite ​recentwins, the ​team is still in last ​place (= ​lowest in ​rank among it competitors).

last adjective, adverb [not gradable] (MOST RECENT)

most ​recent, or most ​recently: last ​night/​week/​month/​year last ​spring/​summer/​fall/​winter These last five ​years have been very ​difficult for him. Kristal said in her last ​letter that she might come to ​visit. When was the last ​time you went to the ​movies? We last ​saw Grandma in 1994.

lastadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈlæst/ (also lastly,  /ˈlæst·li/ )

last adverb [not gradable] (FINAL)

(in ​ending a set of ​items or a ​series of ​thoughts) ​finally: The men ​begin the ​dance, then the women ​enter, and last, the ​childrenjoin in.
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lastadjective, adverb, pronoun, noun

uk   /lɑːst/  us   /læst/
A2 (the ​person or thing) after everyone or everything ​else: [+ to infinitive] I ​hate being the last one toarrive at a ​meeting. Our ​house is the last one on the ​left before the ​trafficlights. The Mets will ​surelyfinish the ​season in last place (= at the ​lowestrank of ​theirdivision). 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 ​leavesimportantdecisions to the last (​possible) moment (= as late as ​possible).at (long) last B1 finally: I've ​finished my ​essay at last! At ​long last the ​government is ​starting to ​listen to ​ourproblems.the last person, thing, etc.
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B2 the least ​expected or ​wantedperson or thing: Three ​extrapeople 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.
last thing (at night) at the ​latesttime in the ​day: I'll ​switch on the ​washingmachine last thing so it'll be ​finished when I get up in the ​morning.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 ​eventhanked me, so that's the last ​time I do him a ​favour.
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lastadjective [before noun], pronoun, noun [U]

uk   /lɑːst/  us   /læst/
B1 (being) the only one or ​part that is ​left: Do you ​mind if I have the last ​chocolate? I'm down to my last ​dollar - could I ​borrow some ​money for ​lunch? I'm ​afraid Martha's ​eaten the last of the ​icecream. She was the last of the ​greateducationalreformers.
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lastadjective, adverb, pronoun

uk   /lɑːst/  us   /læst/
A1 (being) the most ​recent or the one before the ​present one: Did you ​hear the ​storm last night (= during the ​previousnight)? Did you ​see the ​news on TV last ​night (= ​yesterdayevening)? 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 ​yourwhereabouts 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 ​Englishteacher in France. Each of her ​paintings has been ​better than the last.
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lastverb [I, L only + noun]

uk   /lɑːst/  us   /læst/
B1 to ​continue to ​exist: The ​meeting lasted two ​hours. The ​drought lasted for several ​months. They say the ​snow will last until the end of next ​week. I can't ​see the ​ceasefire lasting. They haven't had an ​argument for two ​weeks, but it's too good to last (= they'll have an ​argumentsoon). I ​doubttheirenthusiasm will last. He's ​working very ​efficiently at the ​moment, but it won't last.C1 to ​continue being good or ​suitable: There's no ​pointbuying something that isn't going to last. The ​cheaperwashingmachines should last about five ​years. This ​pen should last (you) a ​lifetime if you take ​care of it. Her ​previoussecretary only lasted a ​month (= ​left after this ​period).
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