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Language: Old English
Origin: læstan 'to last, follow'

last

4 verb
     
last4 S1 W2
1 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to continue for a particular length of time
last for/until/through etc
The hot weather lasted for the whole month of June.
last an hour/ten minutes etc
Each lesson lasts an hour.
The ceasefire didn't last long.
2 [intransitive and transitive] to continue to exist, be effective, or remain in good condition for a long time:
This good weather won't last.
last (somebody) two days/three weeks etc
A good coat will last you ten years.
Cut flowers will last longer if you put flower food in the water.
3 also last out (something) British English [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to manage to remain in the same situation, even when this is difficult:
They won't be able to last much longer without fresh supplies.
If you go into the job with that attitude, you won't last long.
She feared she might not be able to last out the afternoon in court without fainting.
4 [intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition] to be enough for someone for a period of time [= do]
last (somebody) two days/three weeks etc
The water supply should last another 48 hours.
We only had $50 to last us the rest of the month.

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