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Definition of last verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they last
    he / she / it lasts
    past simple lasted
    -ing form lasting
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  1. 1[intransitive] (not used in the progressive tenses) to continue for a particular period of time The meeting only lasted (for) a few minutes. Each game lasts about an hour. How long does the play last?
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to continue to exist or to function well This weather won't last. He's making a big effort now, and I hope it lasts. last somebody These shoes should last you till next year.
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] to survive something or manage to stay in the same situation, despite difficulties She won't last long in that job. last something Doctors say that she probably won't last the night (= she will probably die before the morning). He was injured early on and didn't last the inning.
  4. 4[intransitive, transitive] to be enough for someone to use, especially for a particular period of time Will the coffee last till next week? last somebody (something) We've got enough food to last us (for) three days.
  5. Which Word?last / take Last and take are both used to talk about the length of time that something continues. Last is used to talk about the length of time that an event continues:How long do you think this storm will last? The movie lasted over two hours.Last does not always need an expression of time:His annoyance won’t last.Last is also used to say that you have enough of something:We have enough money to last until the end of the month. Take is used to talk about the amount of time you need in order to go somewhere or do something. It must be used with an expression of time:It takes (me) at least an hour to get home from work. How long will the flight take? The water took forever to boil.
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