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verb last pronunciation in American English /læst/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlelasting
past tenselasted
past participlelasted
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to continue existing or happening for or until a particular time

    The game lasted four hours.

    last for/until/through etc.:

    The hearing is scheduled to last for two weeks.

    The violence lasted until dawn the next morning.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to continue existing or happening without changing or failing

      He woke up in a good mood, and I’m just hoping it will last.

      These cars are built to last.

    2. b.
      [intransitive/transitive] to continue to be available, or to be enough for what people need

      The water won’t last long.

      last for:

      The supplies would last for only another few days.

      last someone a day/two months etc.:

      Ninety dollars usually lasted him about a week.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to continue to stay alive or be well, or to continue to be able to do a job, in spite of difficulties

    I can’t last much longer without sleep.

    He won’t last long as captain if he upsets the rest of the team.

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