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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun last:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb last:


Last is sometimes a misspelling of lasting, latest, lost or one.

The word last is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun last

What does last mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: lasts

  1. the temporal end; the concluding time
  2. the last or lowest in an ordering or series
    • examples: he was the last to leave | he finished an inglorious last
    • lexical domain: Relations - nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas
    • more generic word: rank = relative status
  3. a person's dying act; the final thing a person can do
    • example: he breathed his last
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: activity = any specific behavior
  4. the time at which life ends; continuing until dead
    • example: a struggle to the last
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • synonym of last: death
    • more generic words: end / ending = the point in time at which something ends
  5. a unit of weight equal to 4,000 pounds
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • more generic terms: weight / weight unit = a unit used to measure weight
  6. a unit of capacity for grain equal to 80 bushels
  7. the final stage or concluding parts of an event or occurrence
    • example: I had to miss the last of the movie
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonym of last: end
    • more generic words: conclusion / ending / finish = event whose occurrence ends something
    • more specific terms:
      • end game / endgame = the final stages of a chess game after most of the pieces have been removed from the board
      • end game / endgame = the final stages of an extended process of negotiation
      • homestretch = the end of an enterprise
      • passing = the end of something
  8. holding device shaped like a human foot that is used to fashion or repair shoes

Alternative definition of the noun last


  1. a tool for shaping or preserving the shape of shoes
  2. [obsolete] A measure of weight or quantity, varying in designation depending on the goods concerned.
  3. [obsolete] An old English (and Dutch) measure of the carrying capacity of a ship, equal to two tons.

Specialised definition of the noun last

Glossary of sports

the foot shape around which a training shoe is built, with a greater or lesser inward curve for different types of runner (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the adjective last

What does last mean as an attribute of a noun?

Last is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: laster |

  1. immediately past
    • examples: last Thursday | the last chapter we read
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • similar: past
  2. coming after all others in time or space or degree or being the only one remaining
    • examples: 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
    • antonym: first
    • similar: fourth-year / senior; sunset; ultimate
  3. occurring at or forming an end or termination
  4. most unlikely or unsuitable
    • examples: the last person we would have suspected | the last man they would have chosen for the job
    • similar: unlikely
  5. occurring at the time of death
    • examples: his last words | the last rites
    • similar: dying
  6. conclusive in a process or progression
  7. highest in extent or degree
    • examples: to the last measure of human endurance | whether they were accomplices in the last degree or a lesser one be determined individually
    • synonym of last: utmost
    • similar: high
  8. not to be altered or undone
  9. lowest in rank or importance

Alternative definition of the adjective last


  1. Final, ultimate, coming after all others of its kind.
  2. Most recent, latest, last so far.
  3. Least preferable.

Definition of the adverb last

What does last mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. most recently
    • example: I saw him last in London
  2. the item at the end

Definition of the verb last

What does last mean as a doing word?

Last is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: lasted | lasting | lasts

  1. persist for a specified period of time
    • example: The bad weather lasted for three days
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Value]The bill will cost them 500 million dollars
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] [Value]The book costs $10

      Measure Verbs (with the same syntax): carry, cost, net, take.

    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of last: endure
    • more generic word: measure = have certain dimensions
    • more specific terms:
  2. continue to live and avoid dying

Other definitions of last

What does last also mean?


  1. The one immediately past
  2. [of a, day of the week] Closest to seven days (one week) ago.


  1. Last a.k.a. The Last is an American, Los Angeles-based power pop band, formed in the 1970s around three brothers: Joe, Mike, and David Nolte. They released several albums on SST Records and Bomp! Records.
  2. LAST is a musical group.
    • album: "The Fallen"

There are other groups with in their name, like At Last, At Last!, Last Adam, Last Bomb, Last Hope, Last July, Last Vote, Last Week, At Last..., Last Blush, Last Call!, Last Child, Last Crack, Last Laugh, Last Rites, Last Rizla, Last Stand, Last Train, Last Tribe.


  1. "Last" is the 5th full album released by Japanese band Uverworld as well as the follow-up to their fourth album, Awakeve. It was released on April 14, 2010. A limited pressing of the album was also released on the same day which includes a DVD containing music videos of 99/100 Damashi no Tetsu, Go-On and Kanashimi wa Kitto as well as a video of the filming process for their 3 music videos and a bonus clip "Special Track 09.12.25: Turn Around with Gold" which is a Gold special video.
    • genre: Rock music
    • released on (5 years ago)
  2. "Last", the fourth album by English folk group The Unthanks, was released on 14 March 2011. It reached number 40 in the UK albums chart and was well received by the critics.
  3. "Last" is a musical album of Agitation Free.
    • released in (40 years ago)
  4. "Last" is a musical album of Saintseneca.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  5. "Last" is a composition.
  6. "Last" is a musical album of Forced Movement.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  7. "Last" is a musical album of Die Art.
    • released in (16 years ago)
  8. "Last" is a musical album of Little Wings.
    • released on
  9. "Last" is a musical album of Redshift.
    • released in (8 years ago)
  10. "Last" is a musical album of Glide.
    • released in (17 years ago)
  11. "Last" is a musical single of The Freshies.
    • released in (36 years ago)
  12. "Last" is a composition.
  13. "Last" is a composition.
  14. "Last" is a composition.


  1. Last: A last is a mechanical form that has a shape similar to that of a human foot. It is used by shoemakers and cordwainers in the manufacture and repair of shoes. Lasts typically come in pairs and have been made from various materials, including hardwoods, cast iron, and high-density plastics.
  2. Last: A last was a medieval measure of gunpowder used mainly in England. It was defined by the English Ordnance Board as 24 barrels of gunpowder, each of 100lbs net weight. The word 'last' stands also for a medieval measure of friable goods, mainly dry goods, in Polish Baltic ports in 16th-19th century.
  3. lasT is a gene.
  4. Last a.k.a. yjtD is a gene.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Last

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Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Ergonomics and Human Factors, Second Edition - 3 Volume Set (2006)

by Informa Healthcare, Waldemar Karwowski

Last. Design. for. Improved. Department of Health Technology and Informatics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Socially Centered Design Industrial Engineering and Management Systems Department, University ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Epidemiology (2000)

by John M. Last Professor of Epidemiology University of Ottawa (Emeritus)

Personal identifying information such as birthplace, parents' names (last name at birth), birth date, and personal identifying numbers are included on death certificates in some jurisdictions; this extra information makes possible a range of ...

Google previewCompanion Encyclopedia of Anthropology (2002)

by Tim Ingold

During the last million years hominids established themselves as the onh globally distributed species. The period saw the dispersal and evolution of Homo erectus, which first appeared in Africa, into a number of regional populations of ...

Google previewCompanion Encyclopedia of the History of Medicine (2013)

by W. F. Bynum, Roy Porter

Last. This chapter excludes medical systems that constitute agreat traditions«, to use Redfield«s classic distinction;1 Chinese, Indian, Islamic, and Galenic medicine are discussed elsewherein this Encyclopedia.

Google previewA New Medical Dictionary (1890)

by George Milbry Gould

Base last phalanx great toe. Ant. tibial.

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Quotes about Last

Last night I drank to much gin.
Last night I got drunk a fought with a friend.
Last night I slept with the same friend.
Last night I took a trip to Las Vegas.
This morning when I awoke I found out
I got married last night. (Lore Me34)
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Scrabble value of L1A1S1T1

The value of this 4-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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