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Last, adj. 1) coming after all the others in time or place: “in that l. article,” Gent. III, 1, 365. “except it be the l.” Err. V, 55. “the l. of December,” Ado I, 1, 194. “that l. is Biron,” LLL II, 215. “am I l. that knows it,” R2 III, 4, 94. “the seventh and l.” H6B II, 2, 17. “if for the l., say ay,” H6C II, 1, 165. “though l., not least in love,” Caes. III, 1, 189 and Lr. I, 1, 85 etc.
2) beyond which or whom there is no more: “till the l. step have brought me to my love,” Gent. II, 7, 36. “I am the l. that will keep l. his oath,” LLL I, 1, 161. “to the l. gasp,” As II, 3, 70; H6A I, 2, 127; Cymb. I, 5, 53. “l. scene of all,” As II, 7, 163. “her l. breath,” All's IV, 3, 62. “that l. hold,” John V, 7, 19. “try our fortunes to the l. man,” H4B IV, 2, 44. “the flames of the l. day,” H6B V, 2, 41. “to the l. penny,” H8 III, 2, 453. “his l. refuge,” Tim. III, 3, 11. “the l. of all the Romans,” Caes. V, 3, 99. “to the l. article,” Oth. III, 3, 22 etc. the l. == the end: “hear the l. of our sea-sorrow,” Tp. I, 2, 170. “be patient till the l.” Caes. III, 2, 12. “and to the l. bended their light on me,” Hml. II, 1, 100. “bravest at the l., she levelled at our purposes,” Ant. V, 2, 338 (== at the close). “I will try the l.” Mcb. V, 8, 32 (I will run the hazard to the end). one's l. == for the last time, so as to do it never more: “it is thy l.” Compl. 168. “I will feed, although my l.” Tp. III, 3, 50. “that I may breathe my l. in wholesome counsel,” R2 II, 1, 1. “Montague hath breathed his l.” H6C V, 2, 40. “eyes, look your l.” Rom. V, 3, 112. “this is Timon's l.” Tim. III, 6, 100. at first and l. == throughout, uniformly, without alloy: “ay, grief, I fear me, both at first and l.” H6A V, 5, 102. “at first and l. the hearty welcome,” Mcb. III, 4, 2. from first to l. == from the beginning to the end: John II, 326. Lr. V, 3, 195. Oth. III, 3, 96. Per. V, 3, 61. “from the first to l.:” As IV, 3, 140.
3) next before the present, not followed by another till now: “l. morning,” Gent. II, 1, 86. “l. night,” Gent. II, 1, 86 Ado IV, 1, 91. Merch. V, 262. All's V, 1, 23. Tw. II, 3, 23. II, 4, 3 etc. “the l. time,” Wiv. IV, 2, 32. “l. time,” Wiv. IV, 2, 32 “l. year,” H4B V, 3, 2. upon All-h<*>wmas l. Wiv. I, 1, 211. “o' Wednesday l.” Err. I, 2, 55. Merch. I, 3, 127. II, 5, 25. “the tenth of August l.” H6A I, 1, 110. “before these l. times,” Sonn. 67, 14. “drowned in the l. rain,” Meas. III, 2, 52. “in our l. conflict,” Ado I, 1, 66. “this l. was broke across,” V, 1, 139. “your worship was the l. man in our mouths,” Merch. I, 3, 61. “the fall of the l. monarchy,” All's II, 1, 14. “my l. good deed,” Wint. I, 2, 97. “the l. king,” H5 I, 1, 2; Hml. I, 1, 80. “this l. old man,” Cor. V, 3, 8. the l. == the last time: “the l. that e'er I took her leave at court,” All's V, 3, 79.
4) late, recent, lately happened: “thou and thy meaner fellows your last service did worthily perform,” Tp. IV, 35. “when did you lose your daughter? In this l. tempest,” V, 153. “God 'ild you for your l. company,” As III, 3, 76. “after the l. enchantment you did here,” Tw. III, 1, 123. “the present consul and l. general,” Cor. II, 2, 47 (probably adv.).
At l. == 1) in the end, finally: “yields at l. to every light impression,” Ven. 566. “picks them all at l.” Ven. 566 Lucr. 1501. Lucr. 1501 Tp. IV, 181. Ado V, 1, 173. Shr. IV, 2, 60. R2 IV, 286. H6A III, 1, 191. V, 4, 107. H6B I, 2, 104. I, 3, 102. H6C III, 3, 219. IV, 6, 14. V, 2, 45. R3 IV, 4, 164 etc. 2) at length: “at l. she thus begins,” Lucr. 1303. Lucr. 1303 Lucr. 1303 Lucr. 1303 Merch. III, 2, 207. Shr. V, 2, 1. Tit. I, 36. IV, 1, 73. Hml. II, 1, 92 etc.
At the last, in the same sense: 1) “comes at the l. and bores through his castle wall,” R2 III, 2, 169. “am I guerdoned at the l. with shame?” H6C III, 3, 191. “till at the l. I seemed his follower,” Cor. V, 6, 38. “at the l., best,” Ant. I, 3, 61. 2) “I have arrived at the l. unto the wished haven,” Shr. V, 1, 130. “at the l. do as the heavens have done, forget your evil,” Wint. V, 1, 4.
In the l. == finally: Cor. V, 6, 42. by the l. == last, coming after the others, not followed by another: “nine husbands: Overdone by the l.” Meas. II, 1, 212 (Pompey's speech).
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