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1. WordNet® 3.0 (2006)
last
    adv 1: most_recently; "I saw him last in London"
    2: the item at the end; "last, I'll discuss family values" [syn:
       last, lastly, in conclusion, finally]
    adj 1: immediately past; "last Thursday"; "the last chapter we
           read"
    2: coming after all others in time or space or degree or being
       the only one remaining; "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" [ant: first]
    3: occurring at or forming an end or termination; "his
       concluding words came as a surprise"; "the final chapter";
       "the last days of the dinosaurs"; "terminal leave" [syn:
       concluding, final, last, terminal]
    4: most unlikely or unsuitable; "the last person we would have
       suspected"; "the last man they would have chosen for the job"
    5: occurring at the time of death; "his last words"; "the last
       rites"
    6: conclusive in a process or progression; "the final answer";
       "a last resort"; "the net result" [syn: final, last,
       net]
    7: highest in extent or degree; "to the last measure of human
       endurance"; "whether they were accomplices in the last degree
       or a lesser one was...to be determined individually" [syn:
       last, utmost]
    8: not to be altered or undone; "the judge's decision is final";
       "the arbiter will have the last say" [syn: final, last]
    9: lowest in rank or importance; "last prize"; "in last place"
       [syn: last, last-place, lowest]
    n 1: the temporal end; the concluding time; "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" [syn: stopping point, finale, finis,
         finish, last, conclusion, close]
    2: the last or lowest in an ordering or series; "he was the last
       to leave"; "he finished an inglorious last"
    3: a person's dying act; the final thing a person can do; "he
       breathed his last"
    4: the time at which life ends; continuing until dead; "she
       stayed until his death"; "a struggle to the last" [syn:
       death, last]
    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; "the end was
       exciting"; "I had to miss the last of the movie" [syn: end,
       last, final stage]
    8: holding device shaped like a human foot that is used to
       fashion or repair shoes [syn: last, shoemaker's last,
       cobbler's last]
    v 1: persist for a specified period of time; "The bad weather
         lasted for three days" [syn: last, endure]
    2: continue to live through hardship or adversity; "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?" [syn: survive,
       last, live, live on, go, endure, hold up, hold
       out]

2. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Late \Late\ (l[=a]t), a. [Compar. Later (l[=a]t"[~e]r), or
   latter (l[a^]t"t[~e]r); superl. Latest (l[=a]t"[e^]st) or
   Last (l[.a]st).] [OE. lat slow, slack, AS. l[ae]t; akin to
   OS. lat, D. laat late, G. lass weary, lazy, slack, Icel.
   latr, Sw. lat, Dan. lad, Goth. lats, and to E. let, v. See
   Let to permit, and cf. Alas, Lassitude.]
   1. Coming after the time when due, or after the usual or
      proper time; not early; slow; tardy; long delayed; as, a
      late spring.
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   2. Far advanced toward the end or close; as, a late hour of
      the day; a late period of life.
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   3. Existing or holding some position not long ago, but not
      now; recently deceased, departed, or gone out of office;
      as, the late bishop of London; the late administration.
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   4. Not long past; happening not long ago; recent; as, the
      late rains; we have received late intelligence.
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   5. Continuing or doing until an advanced hour of the night;
      as, late revels; a late watcher.
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3. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Last \Last\ (l[.a]st), 3d pers. sing. pres.
   of Last, to endure, contracted from lasteth. [Obs.]
   --Chaucer.
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4. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Last \Last\ (l[.a]st), a. [OE. last, latst, contr. of latest,
   superl. of late; akin to OS. lezt, lazt, last, D. laatst, G.
   letzt. See Late, and cf. Latest.]
   1. Being after all the others, similarly classed or
      considered, in time, place, or order of succession;
      following all the rest; final; hindmost; farthest; as, the
      last year of a century; the last man in a line of
      soldiers; the last page in a book; his last chance.
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            Also day by day, from the first day unto the last
            day, he read in the book of the law of God. --Neh.
                                                  viii. 18.
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            Fairest of stars, last in the train of night.
                                                  --Milton.
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   2. Next before the present; as, I saw him last week.
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   3. Supreme; highest in degree; utmost.
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            Contending for principles of the last importance.
                                                  --R. Hall.
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   4. Lowest in rank or degree; as, the a last place finish.
      --Pope.
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   5. Farthest of all from a given quality, character, or
      condition; most unlikely; having least fitness; as, he is
      the last person to be accused of theft.
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   At last, at the end of a certain period; after delay. "The
      duke of Savoy felt that the time had at last arrived."
      --Motley.

   At the last. [Prob. fr. AS. on l[=a]ste behind, following
      behind, fr. l[=a]st race, track, footstep. See Last mold
      of the foot.] At the end; in the conclusion. [Obs.] "Gad,
      a troop shall overcome him; but he shall overcome at the
      last." --Gen. xlix. 19.

   Last heir, the person to whom lands escheat for lack of an
      heir. [Eng.] --Abbott.

   On one's last legs, at, or near, the end of one's
      resources; hence, on the verge of failure or ruin,
      especially in a financial sense. [Colloq.]

   To breathe one's last, to die.

   To the last, to the end; till the conclusion.
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            And blunder on in business to the last. --Pope.

   Syn: At Last, At Length.

   Usage: These phrases both denote that some delayed end or
          result has been reached. At length implies that a long
          period was spent in so doing; as, after a voyage of
          more than three months, we at Length arrived safe. At
          last commonly implies that something has occurred (as
          interruptions, disappointments, etc.) which leads us
          to emphasize the idea of having reached the end; as,
          in spite of every obstacle, we have at last arrived.
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5. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Last \Last\, n. [AS. l[=a]st trace, track, footstep; akin to D.
   leest a last, G. leisten, Sw. l[aum]st, Dan. l[ae]st, Icel.
   leistr the foot below the ankle, Goth. laists track, way;
   from a root signifying, to go. Cf. Last, v. i., Learn,
   Delirium.]
   A wooden block shaped like the human foot, on which boots and
   shoes are formed.
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         The cobbler is not to go beyond his last. --L'Estrange.
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   Darning last, a smooth, hard body, often egg-shaped, put
      into a stocking to preserve its shape in darning.
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6. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Last \Last\ (l[.a]st), adv. [See Last, a.]
   1. At a time or on an occasion which is the latest of all
      those spoken of or which have occurred; the last time; as,
      I saw him last in New York.
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   2. In conclusion; finally; lastly.
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            Pleased with his idol, he commends, admires,
            Adores; and, last, the thing adored desires.
                                                  --Dryden.
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   3. At a time next preceding the present time.
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            How long is't now since last yourself and I
            Were in a mask ?                      --Shak.
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7. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Last \Last\, v. t.
   To shape with a last; to fasten or fit to a last; to place
   smoothly on a last; as, to last a boot.
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8. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Last \Last\, n. [As. hl[ae]st, fr. hladan to lade; akin to OHG.
   hlast, G., D., Dan., & Sw. last: cf. F. laste, last, a last,
   of German or Dutch origin. See Lade.]
   1. A load; a heavy burden; hence, a certain weight or
      measure, generally estimated at 4,000 lbs., but varying
      for different articles and in different countries. In
      England, a last of codfish, white herrings, meal, or
      ashes, is twelve barrels; a last of corn, ten quarters, or
      eighty bushels, in some parts of England, twenty-one
      quarters; of gunpowder, twenty-four barrels, each
      containing 100 lbs; of red herrings, twenty cades, or
      20,000; of hides, twelve dozen; of leather, twenty
      dickers; of pitch and tar, fourteen barrels; of wool,
      twelve sacks; of flax or feathers, 1,700 lbs.
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   2. The burden of a ship; a cargo.
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9. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Last \Last\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Lasted; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Lasting.] [OE. lasten, As. l[ae]stan to perform, execute,
   follow, last, continue, fr. l[=a]st, l[=ae]st, trace,
   footstep, course; akin to G. leisten to perform, Goth.
   laistjan to follow. See Last mold of the foot.]
   1. To continue in time; to endure; to remain in existence.
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            [I] proffered me to be slave in all that she me
            would ordain while my life lasted.    --Testament of
                                                  Love.
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   2. To endure use, or continue in existence, without
      impairment or exhaustion; as, this cloth lasts better than
      that; the fuel will last through the winter.
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10. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906)
LAST, n.  A shoemaker's implement, named by a frowning Providence as
opportunity to the maker of puns.

    Ah, punster, would my lot were cast,
        Where the cobbler is unknown,
    So that I might forget his last
        And hear your own.
                                                          Gargo Repsky


Thesaurus Results for Last:

1. Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
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