last Definition

  • 1coming after all others in time or order; final
  • 2most recent in time; latest
  • 3endure or continue in time or a process
  • 4the final item in a list, series, or sequence

Using last: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "last" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    This is the last chance to buy tickets.

  • Example

    I saw him last night at the party.

  • Example

    The meeting lasted for two hours.

  • Example

    The last item on the list is the most important.

last Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using last

  • to breathe one's last

    to die


    He breathed his last in the hospital.

  • to ultimately succeed or be vindicated in a situation where one was previously thought to be unlikely to do so


    Despite being underestimated by her colleagues, she had the last laugh when she was promoted to CEO.

  • to keep the most exciting or interesting thing for the end


    She saved the best for last and surprised everyone with a fireworks display at the end of the party.

Phrases with last

  • finally, after a long time


    At last, we arrived at our destination.

  • an introduction to the final item in a list, emphasizing that it is equally important


    We want to thank all of our sponsors, and last but not least, our volunteers.

  • last straw

    the final problem in a series of problems that makes someone lose patience or hope


    The traffic jam was bad enough, but when I got a flat tire, it was the last straw.

Origins of last

from Old English 'laest', meaning 'latest'


Summary: last in Brief

The word 'last' [læst] can be used as an adjective, verb, or noun. It refers to something that comes after all others in time or order, such as 'This is the last chance to buy tickets,' or the final item in a list, series, or sequence. It can also mean 'most recent in time,' as in 'I saw him last night at the party.' 'Last' can be used in idioms like 'at last,' meaning finally, and 'to breathe one's last,' meaning to die.

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