(noun, adjective, verb, adverb, determiner)


1. immediately past

- last Thursday

- the last chapter we read

Similar word(s): past

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

Similar word(s): senior, sunset, ultimate

3. occurring at or forming an end or termination

- the last days of the dinosaurs

Similar word(s): closing, concluding, final, terminal

4. most unlikely or unsuitable

- the last person we would have suspected

- the last man they would have chosen for the job

Similar word(s): unlikely

5. occurring at the time of death

- his last words

- the last rites

Similar word(s): dying

6. conclusive in a process or progression

- a last resort

Similar word(s): ultimate, final, net

7. supreme; highest in degree; utmost.

- to the last measure of human endurance

- whether they were accomplices in the last degree or a lesser one be determined individually

Similar word(s): high, utmost

8. not to be altered or undone

- the arbiter will have the last say

Similar word(s): inalterable, unalterable, final

9. lowest in rank or importance

- last prize

- in last place

Similar word(s): worst, lowest

Sentences with last as an adjective:

- “Eyes Wide Shut” was the last film to be directed by Stanley Kubrick.

- The last time I saw him, he was married.

- I have received your note dated the 17th last, and am responding to say that […] .

- He is the last person to be accused of theft.

- The last person I want to meet is Helen.

- More rain is the last thing we need right now.

- Japan is the last empire.


1. most recently

- I saw him last in London

2. the item at the end

- last, I'll discuss family values

Similar word(s): finally, lastly

Sentences with last as an adverb:

- When we last met, he was based in Toronto.

- I'll go last.

- last but not least


1. The (one) immediately before the present.

- Last night the moon was full.

- We went there last year.

- Last Tuesday was Hallowe'en.

2. (of a day of the week) Closest to seven days (one week) ago.

- It's Wednesday, and the party was last Tuesday; that is, not yesterday, but eight days ago.


1. the temporal end; the concluding time

Similar word(s): close, conclusion, finale, finis, finish

Definition categories: time, end, ending

2. the last or lowest in an ordering or series

- he was the last to leave

- he finished an inglorious last

Definition categories: link, rank

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

- he breathed his last

Definition categories: act, activity

4. the time at which life ends; continuing until dead

- a struggle to the last

Similar word(s): death

Definition categories: time, end, ending

5. a unit of weight equal to 4,000 pounds

Definition categories: quantity, weight

6. a unit of capacity for grain equal to 80 bushels

Definition categories: quantity

7. the final stage or concluding parts of an event or occurrence

- I had to miss the last of the movie

Similar word(s): end

Definition categories: event, conclusion, ending, finish

8. holding device shaped like a human foot that is used to fashion or repair shoes

Definition categories: man–made


1. persist for a specified period of time

- The bad weather lasted for three days

Similar word(s): endure

Definition categories: stative, measure

2. continue to live and avoid dying

- how long can a person last without food and water?

Similar word(s): endure, go, live, survive

Definition categories: stative

Sentences with last as a verb:

- Summer seems to last longer each year.

- They seem happy now, but that won't last long.

- I don't know how much longer we can last without reinforcements.

- to last a boot