Late means near the end of a day, week, year, or other period of time.
If you say that something has happened at last or at long last you mean it has happened after you have been hoping for it for a long time.
(of a child) last to be born in a family
→ the Last Day
You describe something as the last gasp to emphasize that it is the final part of something or happens at the last possible moment .
to be sufficient for one's needs
a bugle call that orders personnel to retire for sleep
the final word or speech, regarded as settling the argument
a person or thing that is last
You use every last to emphasize that you are talking about all the people or things in a group or all the parts of something.
When someone takes their last breath, they die .
denoting rules that apply only to main clauses
A last-ditch action is done only because there are no other ways left to achieve something or to prevent something happening . It is often done without much hope that it will succeed .
Someone's last hurrah is the last occasion on which they do something, especially at the end of their career .
A last-minute action is one that is done at the latest time possible.
the last possible course of action open to one
The last rites are a religious ceremony performed by a Christian priest for a dying person.
the last of a sequence of annoyances or troubles that results in a breakdown, loss of patience, etc.
the last supper eaten by Jesus with his disciples before the Crucifixion, as related in the New Testament
as the final action, esp before retiring to bed at night
the last person in a race or competition
a compliment that one has heard about someone, which one offers to tell to that person in exchange for a compliment heard about oneself
observances of respect at a funeral
the final judgment of humanity at the end of the world
one of the four principal phases of the moon, occurring between full moon and new moon, when half the lighted surface is visible
at long last:
finally, after difficulty, delay, or irritation
last but one:
next to last
In the Christian religion, the Last Judgement is the last day of the world when God will judge everyone who has died and decide whether they will go to Heaven or Hell .
the final stage of a period or activity
the Last Day:
the final and eternal judgement by God of all souls and nations
to the last:
If you say that something goes on happening to the last, you mean that it happens throughout the whole of a book, film, or event.
first and last:
on the whole; overall
the last laugh:
the final success in an argument, situation, etc, after previous defeat
the last straw:
If an event is the last straw or the straw that broke the camel's back, it is the latest in a series of unpleasant or undesirable events, and makes you feel that you cannot tolerate a situation any longer.
the last trump:
the final trumpet call that according to the belief of some will awaken and raise the dead on the Day of Judgment
the last word:
the closing remark of a conversation or argument, esp a remark that supposedly settles an issue
as a last resort:
If you do something as a last resort, you do it because you can find no other way of getting out of a difficult situation or of solving a problem .
at the last gasp:
at the point of death
breathe one's last:
When someone breathes their last, they die.
famous last words:
said to mean that it is quite possible that your claim that something will definitely happen in a certain way will be proved wrong
last chance saloon:
a place frequented by unsavoury or contemptible people
If there is a change in something, it becomes different.
A gift is something that you give someone as a present.
last resting place:
a place where someone or something rests, esp ( last resting place ) the grave
one's last hour:
the time of one's death
on its last legs:
no longer as useful, successful, or strong as before, and about to fail altogether
see the last of:
to see for the last time
the Last Judgment:
the occasion, after the resurrection of the dead at the end of the world, when, according to biblical tradition, God will decree the final destinies of all people according to the good and evil in their earthly lives