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



    BrE BrE//lɑːst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//læst//
    the last (pl. the last)
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  1. 1  the 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. 2the last [singular] the latest That was the last I heard of him.
  3. 3  last of something the only remaining part or items of something These are the last of our apples. We finished the last of the milk at breakfast.
  4. 4the last (the last) the least likely ‘I'll be the last to admit that I know anything about cars!’, she said. I am the last to say that people who make money off art are bad—he's a genius! Known for their self-sufficiency, fishermen would be the last to admit to mental strain.
  5. Word Originnoun 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 after much delay, effort, etc.; in the end synonym finally At last we're home! At long last the cheque 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. (literary) to die 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 somebody/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.
    used to give the most recent news you have about somebody/something The last I heard he was still working at the garage.
    next/second to last (British English also last but one)
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    the one before the last one She finished second to last.
    until the last possible moment, especially until death He died protesting his innocence to the last.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: last