Etymology: Middle English, from Old English lǣstan to last, follow; akin to Old English lāst footprint
Date: before 12th century
1. to continue in time
a. to remain fresh or unimpaired ; endure
b. to manage to continue (as in a course of action)
c. to continue to live
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 continue • laster 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.