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Definition of last noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    last1

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//læst//
     
    the last (pl. the last)
     
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  1. 1the person or thing that comes or happens after all other similar people or things Sorry I'm late—am I the last? They were the last to arrive.
  2. 2last of something the only remaining part or items of something These are the last of our apples.
  3. Idioms
    at (long) last
     
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    after much delay, effort, etc.; in the end synonym finally At last we're home! At long last the check arrived. Which Word?lastly / at last Lastly is used to introduce the last in a list of things or the final point you are making:Lastly, I would like to thank my parents for all their support. At last is used when something happens after a long time, especially when there has been some difficulty or delay:At last, after twenty hours on the boat, they arrived at their destination.You can also use finally, eventually, or in the end with this meaning, but not lastly.
    breathe your last (literary)
     
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    to die
    from first to last
     
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    from beginning to end; during the whole time It's a fine performance that commands attention from first to last.
    hear/see the last of somebody/something
     
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    to hear/see someone or something for the last time That was the last I ever saw of her. Unfortunately, I don't think we've heard the last of this affair.
    the last I heard
     
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    used to give the most recent news you have about someone or something The last I heard he was still working at the garage.
    next/second to last
     
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    the one before the last one She finished second to last.
    to/till the last
     
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    until the last possible moment, especially until death He died protesting his innocence to the last.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: last