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last

(from something) until something to endure from one point in time to another. The meeting lasted from noon until midnight. The party lasted until the food ran out. the last hurrah Fig. a final appearance, as at the end of one's career; the last time for doing something. Tom is retiring, and we are having a little party as his last hurrah right now. He won't be here the next time you visit our offices.
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This was very proper; the sigh which accompanied it was really estimable; but it should have lasted longer.
Sir John was loud in his admiration at the end of every song, and as loud in his conversation with the others while every song lasted.
Business now began, the day's Collect was repeated, then certain texts of Scripture were said, and to these succeeded a protracted reading of chapters in the Bible, which lasted an hour.
Indeed, in Southern California, the marine layer known as ``June gloom'' lasted well into July this year, followed by a period of cooler temperatures that has kept smog levels relatively low.
In the 1930s, the "Dust Bowl" drought lasted nearly 10 years, and in 1934 affected 65 percent of the U.