latest - last

latest - last
You use latest or last to talk about one of a series of events which is continuing to happen, or one of a series of things which someone is continuing to have or produce.
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events
If one of a series of events is happening now or has just happened, you refer to it as the latest one.

The latest closure marks yet another chapter in the history of Gebeit.

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You refer to the event before the latest one as the last one. If no event of the kind you are talking about has happened recently, you refer to the most recent one as the last one.

...the weeds that had grown since the last harvest.

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things you have or produce
If someone keeps having or producing a series of things, you refer to the one they have now or the one they have produced most recently as their latest one.

...her latest boyfriend.

...his latest novel, `The Comfort of Strangers'.

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You refer to the one before their latest one as their last one. If they have not had or produced one recently, you refer to their most recent one as their last one.

Loach has not been idle since Family Life, his last film for the cinema.

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You can talk about more than one thing in this way by putting last in front of a number. For example, you can talk about `his last three books'.

Her last two pictures have been disasters.

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Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • last — last1 /last, lahst/, adj. a superl. of late with later as compar. 1. occurring or coming after all others, as in time, order, or place: the last line on a page. 2. most recent; next before the present; latest: last week; last Friday. 3. being the …   Universalium

  • last — 1. adjective /lɑːst,læst/ a) Final, ultimate, coming after all others of its kind. The last person I want to meet is Helen. b) Most recent, latest, last so far. More rain is the last thing we need right now …   Wiktionary

  • last — vb endure, *continue, abide, persist Analogous words: survive, outlast, *outlive: remain, *stay Antonyms: fleet last adj Last, latest, final, terminal, concluding, eventual, ultimate are comparable when they mean following all the others in time… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Last glacial period — Last glacial redirects here. For the period of maximum glacier extent during this time, see Last Glacial Maximum. The last glacial period was the most recent glacial period within the current ice age occurring during the last years of the… …   Wikipedia

  • Last — (l[.a]st), a. [OE. last, latst, contr. of latest, superl. of late; akin to OS. lezt, lazt, last, D. laatst, G. letzt. See {Late}, and cf. {Latest}.] 1. Being after all the others, similarly classed or considered, in time, place, or order of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Last heir — Last Last (l[.a]st), a. [OE. last, latst, contr. of latest, superl. of late; akin to OS. lezt, lazt, last, D. laatst, G. letzt. See {Late}, and cf. {Latest}.] 1. Being after all the others, similarly classed or considered, in time, place, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • last —  , latest  Various authorities have issued various strictures against using last when you mean latest. Clearly, last should not be used when it might be misinterpreted, as in the last episode of the television series when you mean the most recent …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • last — last1 [last, läst] adj. [ME laste, earlier latest, latst < OE latost, superl. of adj. læt, adv. late: see LATE] 1. alt. superl. of LATE 2. being or coming after all others in place; farthest from the first; hindmost 3. coming after all others… …   English World dictionary

  • Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) — «Last Friday Nihgt (T.G.I.F.)» Сингл …   Википедия

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