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last

3 noun, pronoun
     
last3 S1 W1
1

the last

the person or thing that comes after all the others [≠ first]:
I think this box is the last.
the last to do something
He was the first to arrive and the last to leave.
2

at (long) last

if something happens at last, it happens after you have been hoping, waiting, or working for it a long time:
At last it was time to leave.
We reached the summit at last.
see usage note lastly
3

the day/week/year etc before last

the day, week etc before the one that has just finished:
I sent the letter off the week before last.
4

the last of something

the remaining parts of something:
John ate the last of the bread at lunchtime.
5

somebody hasn't heard the last of somebody/something

if you have not heard the last of someone or something, they may return and cause problems for you in the future:
We haven't heard the last of football violence.
6

somebody will never hear the last of something

if you will never hear the last of something, someone will be angry with you about it for a long time:
If my mother sees me, I'll never hear the last of this.
7

the last I heard

spoken used to tell someone the most recent news that you know about a person or situation:
The last I heard, she was at college studying law.
8

to the last

formal until the end of an event or the end of someone's life:
He died in 1987, insisting to the last he was innocent.

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