last but not least meaning, last but not least definition | English Cobuild dictionary




Least is often considered to be the superlative form of little.     
1    You use at least to say that a number or amount is the smallest that is possible or likely and that the actual number or amount may be greater. The forms at the least and at the very least are also used.  
at least      phrase   PHR amount, amount PHR  
Aim to have at least half a pint of milk each day..., Normally it has only had eleven or twelve members in all. Now it will have seventeen at the very least.     
2    You use at least to say that something is the minimum that is true or possible. The forms at the least and at the very least are also used.  
at least      phrase   PHR with cl/group  
She could take a nice holiday at least..., At the least, I needed some sleep..., His possession of classified documents in his home was, at the very least, a violation of Navy security regulations.     
3    You use at least to indicate an advantage that exists in spite of the disadvantage or bad situation that has just been mentioned.  
at least      phrase   PHR with cl  
We've no idea what his state of health is but at least we know he is still alive..., If something awful happens to you at least you can write about it.     
4    You use at least to indicate that you are correcting or changing something that you have just said.  
at least      phrase   PHR with cl/group  
It's not difficult to get money for research or at least it's not always difficult...     
5       adj   You use the least to mean a smaller amount than anyone or anything else, or the smallest amount possible.  
the ADJ n     (Antonym: most)    I try to offend the least amount of people possible..., If you like cheese, go for the ones with the least fat.     
      Least is also a pronoun., pron   the PRON     (Antonym: most)    On education funding, Japan performs best but spends the least per student.     
      Least is also an adverb., adv   the ADV after v  
Damming the river may end up benefitting those who need it the least.     
6       adv   You use least to indicate that someone or something has less of a particular quality than most other things of its kind.  
ADV adj/adv     (Antonym: most)    The least experienced athletes had caused a great many false-starts through the day's proceedings...     
7       adj   You use the least to emphasize the smallness of something, especially when it hardly exists at all.  
the ADJ n     (emphasis)    I don't have the least idea of what you're talking about..., They neglect their duty at the least hint of fun elsewhere...     
8       adv   You use least to indicate that something is true or happens to a smaller degree or extent than anything else or at any other time.  
ADV with v     (Antonym: most)    He had a way of throwing her off guard with his charm when she least expected it.     
9       adj   You use least in structures where you are emphasizing that a particular situation or event is much less important or serious than other possible or actual ones.  
ADJ of def-n     (emphasis)    Having to get up at three o'clock every morning was the least of her worries..., At that moment, they were among the least of the concerns of the government.     
10       pron   You use the least in structures where you are stating the minimum that should be done in a situation, and suggesting that more should really be done.  
the PRON cl  
Well, the least you can do, if you won't help me yourself, is to tell me where to go instead..., The least his hotel could do is provide a little privacy.     
11    You can use in the least and the least bit to emphasize a negative.  
in the least      phrase   with brd-neg, PHR with cl, PHR adj     (emphasis)    I'm not like that at all. Not in the least..., I'm not in the least bit touched by the Marilyn Monroe kind of beauty..., Alice wasn't the least bit frightened.     
12    You use last but not least    to say that the last person or thing to be mentioned is as important as all the others.      
last but not least             phrase   PHR with cl/group  
...her four sons, Christopher, twins Daniel and Nicholas, and last but not least 2-year-old Jack.     
13    You can use least of all after a negative statement to emphasize that it applies especially to the person or thing mentioned.  
least of all      phrase   with brd-neg, PHR cl/group     (emphasis)    No one ever reads these articles, least of all me..., Such a speech should never have been made, least of all by a so called responsible politician.     
14    You can use not least to emphasize a particularly important example or reason.  
not least      phrase   PHR cl/group     (emphasis)    Dieting can be bad for you, not least because it is a cause of stress..., Everyone is more reluctant to travel these days, not least the Americans.     
15    You can use to say the least to suggest that a situation is actually much more extreme or serious than you say it is.  
to say the least      phrase   PHR with cl     (emphasis)    Accommodation was basic to say the least..., Some members of the public can be a bit abusive to say the least.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
last     ( lasts    3rd person present)   ( lasting    present participle)   ( lasted    past tense & past participle  )
1       det   You use last in expressions such as last Friday,last night, and last year to refer, for example, to the most recent Friday, night, or year.  
I got married last July..., He never made it home at all last night..., It is not surprising they did so badly in last year's elections.     
2       adj   The last event, person, thing, or period of time is the most recent one.  
det ADJ  
Much has changed since my last visit..., At the last count inflation was 10.9 per cent..., I split up with my last boyfriend three years ago..., The last few weeks have been hectic.     
      Last is also a pronoun., pron  
The next tide, it was announced, would be even higher than the last.     
3       adv   If something last happened on a particular occasion, that is the most recent occasion on which it happened.  
ADV with v  
When were you there last?..., The house is a little more dilapidated than when I last saw it..., Hunting on the trust's 625,000 acres was last debated two years ago.     
4       ord   The last thing, person, event, or period of time is the one that happens or comes after all the others of the same kind.,   (Antonym: first)    This is his last chance as prime minister., ...the last three pages of the chapter..., She said it was the very last house on the road..., They didn't come last in their league.     
      Last is also a pronoun., pron  
It wasn't the first time that this particular difference had divided them and it wouldn't be the last..., The trickiest bits are the last on the list.     
5       adv   If you do something last, you do it after everyone else does, or after you do everything else.  
ADV after v  
I testified last..., I was always picked last for the football team at school..., The foreground, nearest the viewer, is painted last.     
6       pron   If you are thelastto do or know something, everyone else does or knows it before you.  
PRON to-inf  
She was the last to go to bed..., Riccardo and I are always the last to know what's going on.     
7       adj   Last is used to refer to the only thing, person, or part of something that remains.  
det ADJ  
Jed nodded, finishing off the last piece of pizza., ...the freeing of the last hostage.     
      Last is also a noun., n-sing   the N of n  
He finished off the last of the wine..., The last of the ten inmates gave themselves up after twenty eight hours on the roof of the prison.     
8       adj   You use last before numbers to refer to a position that someone has reached in a competition after other competitors have been knocked out.  
det ADJ  
Sampras reached the last four at Wimbledon., ...the only woman among the authors making it through to the last six.     
9       adj   You can use last to indicate that something is extremely undesirable or unlikely.  
det ADJ     (emphasis)    The last thing I wanted to do was teach..., He would be the last person who would do such a thing.     
      Last is also a pronoun., pron   PRON to-inf  
I would be the last to say that science has explained everything.     
10       pron   The last you see of someone or the last you hear of them is the final time that you see them or talk to them.  
the PRON that     (Antonym: first)    She disappeared shouting, `To the river, to the river!' And that was the last we saw of her..., I had a feeling it would be the last I heard of him.     
11       verb   If an event, situation, or problem lasts for a particular length of time, it continues to exist or happen for that length of time.  
The marriage had lasted for less than two years...      V for n  
The games lasted only half the normal time...      V n  
Enjoy it because it won't last.      V, Also V adv  
12       verb   If something lasts for a particular length of time, it continues to be able to be used for that time, for example because there is some of it left or because it is in good enough condition.  
You only need a very small blob of glue, so one tube lasts for ages...      V for n  
The repaired sail lasted less than 24 hours...      V n  
The implication is that this battery lasts twice as long as other batteries...      V adv, Also V  
14    If you say that something has happened at last or at long last you mean it has happened after you have been hoping for it for a long time.  
at last/at long last      phrase   PHR with cl   (=finally)  
I'm so glad that we've found you at last!..., Here, at long last, was the moment he had waited for..., At last the train arrived in the station...     
15    You use expressions such as the night before last, the election before last and the leader before last to refer to the period of time, event, or person that came immediately before the most recent one in a series.  
the sb/sth before last      phrase  
It was the dog he'd heard the night before last..., In the budget before last a tax penalty on the mobile phone was introduced.     
16    You can use phrases such as the last but one, the last but two, or the last but three, to refer to the thing or person that is, for example, one, two, or three before the final person or thing in a group or series.  
last but one/last but three etc      phrase   PHR n, PHR after v  
It's the last but one day in the athletics programme..., The British team finished last but one.     
17    You can use expressions such as the last I heard and the last she heard to introduce a piece of information that is the most recent that you have on a particular subject.  
the last sb heard      phrase   PHR with cl  
The last I heard, Joe and Irene were still happily married.     
18    If you leave something or someone until last, you delay using, choosing, or dealing with them until you have used, chosen, or dealt with all the others.  
leave sth until last      phrase   V inflects  
I have left my best wine until last..., I picked first all the people who usually were left till last.     
    to have the last laugh  
    the last straw  
    last thing  

A last-ditch action is done only because there are no other ways left to achieve something or to prevent something happening. It is often done without much hope that it will succeed.      adj   ADJ n  
...a last-ditch attempt to prevent civil war.     
last hurrah     
Someone's last hurrah is the last occasion on which they do something, especially at the end of their career.      n-count   usu sing  
I haven't even begun to think about quitting, or having a last hurrah, or allowing my career to wind down.     
Last Judgement      , Last Judgment  
In the Christian religion, the Last Judgement is the last day of the world when God will judge everyone who has died and decide whether they will go to Heaven or Hell.      n-proper   the N  
last rites     
The last rites are a religious ceremony performed by a Christian priest for a dying person.      n-plural   the N  
Father Stephen Lea administered the last rites to the dead men.     

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  




1    aftermost, at the end, hindmost, rearmost  
2    latest, most recent  
3    closing, concluding, extreme, final, furthest, remotest, terminal, ultimate, utmost  
4    after, behind, bringing up the rear, in or at the end, in the rear  
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  
1    first, foremost, leading  
3    earliest, first, initial, introductory, opening  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
first day date for calculation of pregnancy
For calculation of Pregnancy Age
absolutely not; not in this lifetime
Slang expression used mostly in 19th century
last days, hours or minutes of life
Medical term
not to include something
I want to try a diet that excludes dairy products.
not an easy task
il est aisé d'allumer un incendie, mais non d'éteindre celui-ci
culture générale il est plus facile de créer des problèmes que de les résoudre
a humorous way of saying that someone doesn't like or love the speaker.
[Hum.] E.g.: You've seen the way she treated me last time we met. It's clear: she loves me not.
be/not be interested in getting married and having a family
this expression means 'he is very good at criticizing others but he can't accept criticism from others'
avoid or at least minimize risks ; choose the safest way in case of doubt
to be on the safe side ; play safe
lower a price at the last minute to secure a sale
the chamber pot meaning is the NOUN. This is the verb.
a technology item that a young person no longer uses and hands over to an older person, after having purchased a last generation product
expression meaning that one should not criticize someone else for a mistake that he/she also makes or a flaw that he/she also has
c'est du moins mon opinion
Free On Board: A legal term meaning that when the seller loads merchandise for transportation, he bears full responsibility for it but if the merchandise is later lost or harmed, the buyer suffers the loss.
A currency coin worth $1.00 in Canada. Bigger than a quarter but smaller than a tooney.
looney also can mean strange or weird. ex.He had always been a little bit looney.
the complete opposite of a sugar daddy, one who tries, but is broke and fronting.
[Slang] salty mama
a person who thinks about being an entrepreneur or starting a business but never gets started.
relative to people who are attached but don't want to be too intimate with someone on whom they are dependent
when you are happy, people will want to be around you and share your happiness, but when you are sad, people will avoid you.
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