American English

Definition of final adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[only before noun] being or happening at the end of a series of events, actions, statements, etc. his final act as senator The referee blew the final whistle. The project is in its final stages. They find each other in the final chapter of the book. I'd like to return to the final point you made. Language Bankprocessdescribing a process This diagram illustrates the process of paper-making. / This diagram shows how paper is made. First/First of all, logs are delivered to a paper mill, where the bark is removed and the wood is cut into small chips. Next/Second, the wood chips are pulped, either using chemicals or in a pulping machine. Pulping breaks down the internal structure of the wood and enables/allows the natural oils to be removed. Once/After the wood has been pulped, the pulp is bleached in order to remove impurities. /…is bleached so that impurities can be removed. The next stage is to feed the pulp into the paper machine, where it is mixed with water and then poured onto a wire conveyor belt. As the pulp travels along the conveyor belt, the water drains away. This causes the solid material to sink to the bottom, forming a layer of paper. At this point the new paper is still wet, so it is passed between large heated rollers, which press out the remaining water and simultaneously dry the paper. / …dry the paper at the same time. The final stage is to wind the paper onto large rolls. /Finally, the paper is wound onto large rolls.
  2. 2[only before noun] being the result of a particular process the final product No one could have predicted the final outcome.
  3. 3that cannot be argued with or changed The judge's decision is final. Who has the final say around here? I'll give you $500 for it, and that's my final offer! I'm not coming,and that's final! (= I will not change my mind)
  4. Idioms
    in the final/last analysis
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    used to say what is most important after everything has been discussed or considered In the final analysis, it's a matter of personal choice.
    the last/final straw, the straw that breaks the camel's back
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    the last in a series of bad events, etc. that makes it impossible for you to accept a situation any longer
    the last/final word (on something)
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    the last comment or decision about something He always has to have the last word in any argument. I'm willing to wait one more week, and that's my final word on the subject.
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