Pronunciation: (last, läst), [key]
adj. a superl. of late with later as compar.
1. occurring or coming after all others, as in time, order, or place: the last line on a page.
2. most recent; next before the present; latest: last week; last Friday.
3. being the only one remaining: my last dollar; the last outpost; a last chance.
4. final: in his last hours.
5. ultimate or conclusive; definitive: the last word in the argument.
6. lowest in prestige or importance: last prize.
7. coming after all others in suitability or likelihood; least desirable: He is the last person we'd want to represent us.
8. individual; single: The lecture won't start until every last person is seated.
9. utmost; extreme: the last degree of delight.
10. Eccles.(of the sacraments of penance, viaticum, or extreme unction) extreme or final; administered to a person dying or in danger of dying.

1. after all others; latest: He arrived last at the party.
2. on the most recent occasion: When last seen, the suspect was wearing a checked suit.
3. in the end; finally; in conclusion.

1. a person or thing that is last.
2. a final appearance or mention: We've seen the last of her. That's the last we'll hear of it.
3. the end or conclusion: We are going on vacation the last of September.
4. at last, after a lengthy pause or delay: He was lost in thought for several minutes, but at last he spoke.
5. at long last, after much troublesome or frustrating delay: The ship docked at long last.
6. breathe one's last, to die: He was nearly 90 when he breathed his last.


Pronunciation: (last, läst), [key]
1. to go on or continue in time: The festival lasted three weeks.
2. to continue unexpended or unexhausted; be enough: We'll enjoy ourselves while our money lasts.
3. to continue in force, vigor, effectiveness, etc.: to last for the whole course.
4. to continue or remain in usable condition for a reasonable period of time: They were handsome shoes but they didn't last.

to continue to survive for the duration of (often fol. by out): They lasted the war in Switzerland.


Pronunciation: (last, läst), [key]
1. a wooden or metal form in the shape of the human foot on which boots or shoes are shaped or repaired.
2. the shape or form of a shoe.
3. stick to one's last, to keep to that work, field, etc., in which one is competent or skilled.

to shape on or fit to a last.


Pronunciation: (last, läst), [key]
any of various large units of weight or capacity, varying in amount in different localities and for different commodities, often equivalent to 4000 pounds (1814.37 kilograms).

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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