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LAST

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does last mean? 

LAST (noun)
  The noun LAST has 8 senses:

1. the temporal end; the concluding time
2. the last or lowest in an ordering or series
3. a person's dying act; the final thing a person can do
4. the time at which life ends; continuing until dead
5. a unit of weight equal to 4,000 pounds
6. a unit of capacity for grain equal to 80 bushels
7. the concluding parts of an event or occurrence
8. holding device shaped like a human foot that is used to fashion or repair shoes

  Familiarity information: LAST used as a noun is common.


LAST (adjective)
  The adjective LAST has 9 senses:

1. immediately past
2. coming after all others in time or space or degree or being the only one remaining
3. occurring at or forming an end or termination
4. conclusive in a process or progression
5. most unlikely or unsuitable
6. occurring at the time of death
7. not to be altered or undone
8. lowest in rank or importance
9. highest in extent or degree

  Familiarity information: LAST used as an adjective is familiar.


LAST (verb)
  The verb LAST has 2 senses:

1. persist for a specified period of time
2. continue to live; endure or last

  Familiarity information: LAST used as a verb is rare.


LAST (adverb)
  The adverb LAST has 2 senses:

1. more recently than any other time
2. the item at the end

  Familiarity information: LAST used as an adverb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


LAST (noun)


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Meaning:

The temporal end; the concluding time

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Synonyms:

close; stopping point; finale; finis; last; conclusion; finish

Context examples:

the stopping point of each round was signaled by a bell / the market was up at the finish / they were playing better at the close of the season

Hypernyms ("last" is a kind of...):

end; ending (the point in time at which something ends)


Sense 2last [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The last or lowest in an ordering or series

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Context examples:

he was the last to leave / he finished an inglorious last

Hypernyms ("last" is a kind of...):

rank (relative status)


Sense 3last [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person's dying act; the final thing a person can do

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

he breathed his last

Hypernyms ("last" is a kind of...):

activity (any specific behavior)


Sense 4last [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The time at which life ends; continuing until dead

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Synonyms:

death; last

Context examples:

she stayed until his death / a struggle to the last

Hypernyms ("last" is a kind of...):

end; ending (the point in time at which something ends)


Sense 5last [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A unit of weight equal to 4,000 pounds

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Hypernyms ("last" is a kind of...):

weight; weight unit (a unit used to measure weight)


Sense 6last [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A unit of capacity for grain equal to 80 bushels

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Hypernyms ("last" is a kind of...):

capacity measure; capacity unit; cubage unit; cubature unit; cubic content unit; cubic measure; displacement unit; volume unit (a unit of measurement of volume or capacity)

Domain region:

Britain; GB; Great Britain; U.K.; UK; United Kingdom; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland)


Sense 7last [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The concluding parts of an event or occurrence

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

final stage; end; last

Context examples:

the end was exciting / I had to miss the last of the movie

Hypernyms ("last" is a kind of...):

conclusion; ending; finish (event whose occurrence ends something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "last"):

end game; endgame (the final stages of a chess game after most of the pieces have been removed from the board)

end game; endgame (the final stages of an extended process of negotiation)

homestretch (the end of an enterprise)

passing (the end of something)


Sense 8last [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Holding device shaped like a human foot that is used to fashion or repair shoes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

cobbler's last; shoemaker's last; last

Hypernyms ("last" is a kind of...):

holding device (a device for holding something)


LAST (adjective)


Sense 1last [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Immediately past

Context examples:

last Thursday / the last chapter we read

Similar:

past (earlier than the present time; no longer current)


Sense 2last [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Coming after all others in time or space or degree or being the only one remaining

Context examples:

the last time I saw Paris / the last day of the month / had the last word / waited until the last minute / he raised his voice in a last supreme call / the last game of the season / down to his last nickel

Similar:

ultimate (being the last or concluding element of a series)

sunset (providing for termination)

subterminal (near but not precisely at an end)

fourth-year; senior (used of the fourth and final year in United States high school or college)

next-to-last; penultimate (next to the last)

parthian; parting (delivered at the moment of parting as if in flight or retreat)

endmost; terminal (being or situated at an end)

antepenultimate (third from last)

Antonym:

first (preceding all others in time or space or degree)

intermediate (lying between two extremes in time or space or degree)


Sense 3last [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Occurring at or forming an end or termination

Synonyms:

concluding; final; last; terminal

Context examples:

his concluding words came as a surprise / the final chapter / the last days of the dinosaurs / terminal leave

Similar:

closing (final or ending)


Sense 4last [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Conclusive in a process or progression

Synonyms:

final; net; last

Context examples:

the final answer / a last resort / the net result

Similar:

ultimate (furthest or highest in degree or order; utmost or extreme)


Sense 5last [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Most unlikely or unsuitable

Context examples:

the last person we would have suspected / the last man they would have chosen for the job

Similar:

unlikely (has little chance of being the case or coming about)


Sense 6last [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Occurring at the time of death

Context examples:

his last words / the last rites

Similar:

dying (in or associated with the process of passing from life or ceasing to be)


Sense 7last [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not to be altered or undone

Synonyms:

final; last

Context examples:

the judge's decision is final / the arbiter will have the last say

Similar:

inalterable; unalterable (not capable of being changed or altered)


Sense 8last [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lowest in rank or importance

Synonyms:

last-place; lowest; last

Context examples:

last prize / in last place

Similar:

worst ((superlative of 'bad') most wanting in quality or value or condition)


Sense 9last [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Highest in extent or degree

Synonyms:

utmost; last

Context examples:

to the last measure of human endurance / whether they were accomplices in the last degree or a lesser one was...to be determined individually

Similar:

high (greater than normal in degree or intensity or amount)


LAST (verb)


Sense 1last [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Persist for a specified period of time

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

last; endure

Context example:

The bad weather lasted for three days

Hypernyms (to "last" is one way to...):

measure (have certain dimensions)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "last"):

run; run for (extend or continue for a certain period of time)

endure; hold out; wear (last and be usable)

drag on; drag out (last unnecessarily long)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 2last [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Continue to live; endure or last

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

survive; live on; last; endure; live; hold out; hold up; go

Context examples:

We went without water and food for 3 days / These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America / The race car driver lived through several very serious accidents / how long can a person last without food and water?

"Last" entails doing...:

be; live (have life, be alive)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "last"):

live out (live out one's life; live to the end)

perennate (survive from season to season, of plants)

hold up; hold water; stand up (resist or withstand wear, criticism, etc.)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

The business is going to last


LAST (adverb)


Sense 1last [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

More recently than any other time

Synonyms:

most recently; last

Context example:

I saw him last in London


Sense 2last [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The item at the end

Synonyms:

in conclusion; lastly; finally; last

Context example:

last, I'll discuss family values

Pertainym:

last (coming after all others in time or space or degree or being the only one remaining)


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