American English

Definition of last adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1after anyone or anything else; at the end He came in last in the race. They arrived last of all.
  2. 2most 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. Idioms
    first and last
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    in every way that is important; completely She regarded herself, first and last, as a musician.
    he who laughs last laughs best/longest (saying)
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    used to tell someone not to be too proud of their present success; in the end another person may be more successful
    last but not least
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    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.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: last