I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English lǣstan to last, follow; akin to Old English lāst footprint Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. to continue in time 2. a. to remain fresh or unimpaired ; endure b. to manage to continue (as in a course of action) c. to continue to live transitive verb 1. to continue in existence or action as long as or longer than — often used with out <
couldn't last out the training program
2. to be enough for the needs of <
the supplies will last them a week
Synonyms: see continuelaster noun II. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English lǣste, from lāst footprint; akin to Old High German leist shoemaker's last, Latin lira furrow — more at learn Date: before 12th century a form (as of metal or plastic) which is shaped like the human foot and over which a shoe is shaped or repaired III. transitive verb Date: circa 1859 to shape with a last • laster noun IV. adverb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English latost, superlative of læt late Date: before 12th century 1. after all others ; at the end <
came last and left first
2. most lately <
saw him last in Rome
3. in conclusion <
last, let's consider the social aspect
V. adjective Date: 13th century 1. a. following all the rest <
he was the last one out
b. being the only remaining <
our last dollar
2. belonging to the final stage (as of life) <
his last hours on earth
3. a. next before the present ; most recent <
last week
his last book was a failure
b. most up-to-date ; latest <
it's the last thing in fashion
4. a. lowest in rank or standing; also worst b. farthest from a specified quality, attitude, or likelihood <
would be the last person to fall for flattery
5. a. conclusive <
there is no last answer to the problem
b. highest in degree ; supreme, ultimate c. distinct, separate — used as an intensive <
ate every last piece of food
lastly adverb Synonyms: last, final, terminal, ultimate mean following all others (as in time, order, or importance). last applies to something that comes at the end of a series but does not always imply that the series is completed or stopped <
last page of a book
last news we had of him
. final applies to that which definitely closes a series, process, or progress <
final day of school
. terminal may indicate a limit of extension, growth, or development <
terminal phase of a disease
. ultimate implies the last degree or stage of a long process beyond which further progress or change is impossible <
the ultimate collapse of the system
. VI. noun Date: 13th century something that is last

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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