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verb last pronunciation in British English /lɑːst/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlelasting
past tenselasted
past participlelasted
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to continue existing or happening for or until a particular time
    The game lasts 80 minutes.
    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: Eighty pounds 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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