as a last resort meaning, as a last resort definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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resort  

  ( resorts    plural & 3rd person present)   ( resorting    present participle)   ( resorted    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you resortto a course of action that you do not really approve of, you adopt it because you cannot see any other way of achieving what you want.  
His punishing work schedule had made him resort to drugs...      V to n/-ing  
2       n-uncount   If you achieve something without resortto a particular course of action, you succeed without carrying out that action. To have resortto a particular course of action means to have to do that action in order to achieve something.  
N to n   (=recourse)  
Congress has a responsibility to ensure that all peaceful options are exhausted before resort to war.     
3       n-count   A resort is a place where a lot of people spend their holidays.  
usu supp N  
...the ski resorts.     
4    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.  
as a last resort             phrase   PHR with cl  
Nuclear weapons should be used only as a last resort...     
5    You use in the last resort when stating the most basic or important fact that will still be true in a situation whatever else happens.  
in the last resort      phrase   PHR with cl   (=ultimately)  
They would in the last resort support their friends whatever they did.     
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last  

[1]  
      adj  
1    aftermost, at the end, hindmost, rearmost  
2    latest, most recent  
3    closing, concluding, extreme, final, furthest, remotest, terminal, ultimate, utmost  
      adv  
4    after, behind, bringing up the rear, in or at the end, in the rear  
      n  
5    close, completion, conclusion, end, ending, finale, finish, termination  
6    at last      at length, at the end of the day, eventually, finally, in conclusion, in the end, in the fullness of time, ultimately  
  
Antonyms     
  
1    first, foremost, leading  
3    earliest, first, initial, introductory, opening  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

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n.
a technology item that a young person no longer uses and hands over to an older person, after having purchased a last generation product
[Bus.];[Tech.]
n.
first day date for calculation of pregnancy
For calculation of Pregnancy Age
n.
last days, hours or minutes of life
Medical term
v.
lower a price at the last minute to secure a sale
the chamber pot meaning is the NOUN. This is the verb.

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