Definition of last adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//lɑːst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//læst//
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  1. 1  after anyone or anything else; at the end He came last in the race. They arrived last of all.
  2. 2  most recently When did you see him last? I saw him last/I last saw him in New York two years ago. They last won the cup in 2006.
  3. Word Originadverb Old English latost (adverb) ‘after all others in a series’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch laatst, lest and German letzt, also to late.Idioms in every way that is important; completely She regarded herself, first and last, as a musician.
    he who laughs last laughs longest
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    (saying) used to tell somebody not to be too proud of their present success; in the end another person may be more successful
    used when mentioning the last person or thing of a group, in order to say that they are not less important than the others Last but not least, I'd like to thank all the catering staff. used, for example in a situation when people are losing their jobs, to say that the last people to be employed will be the first to go
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