last
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

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  • last — last1 [last, läst] adj. [ME laste, earlier latest, latst < OE latost, superl. of adj. læt, adv. late: see LATE] 1. alt. superl. of LATE 2. being or coming after all others in place; farthest from the first; hindmost 3. coming after all others… …   English World dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Last — (v. althochdt. hlast = Ladung) bezeichnet: in der Physik und Technik ein Maß für die Kraft, die auf etwas wirkt, siehe Belastung (Physik) im Bauwesen die Massen, die ein Bauwerk tragen kann, siehe Nutzlast (Bauwesen) etwas von einem Träger… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • last — Ⅰ. last [1] ► ADJECTIVE 1) coming after all others in time or order. 2) most recent in time. 3) immediately preceding in order. 4) lowest in importance or rank. 5) (the last) the least likely or suitable …   English terms dictionary

  • last — vb endure, *continue, abide, persist Analogous words: survive, outlast, *outlive: remain, *stay Antonyms: fleet last adj Last, latest, final, terminal, concluding, eventual, ultimate are comparable when they mean following all the others in time… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Last — Last: Zu dem unter 1↑ laden (ahd. ‹h›ladan) behandelten Verb stellt sich die westgerm. Substantivbildung *hlaÞ sti , sta »Ladung«. Darauf gehen zurück mhd. last, ahd. ‹h›last, niederl. last, engl. last. – Im übertragenen Gebrauch bezieht sich… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • Last — unix утилита, отображающая список последних терминальных сессий с выборкой по пользователю или терминалу. Имена пользователей и/или терминалов задаются в качестве аргументов командной строки. При задании нескольких подобных аргументов выводится… …   Википедия

  • last — unix утилита, отображающая список последних терминальных сессий с выборкой по пользователю или терминалу. Имена пользователей и/или терминалов задаются в качестве аргументов командной строки. При задании нескольких подобных аргументов выводится… …   Википедия

  • last — 1. When used with a number, last (like first) normally precedes it, as in the last three cars. See first 1. 2. In listing a sequence of points or topics, lastly (or finally) is preferable to last, especially when the preceding items are… …   Modern English usage

  • 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. [1913 Webster] 2. In conclusion; finally; lastly. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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