- (idiomatic) After a long time; eventually.
Now that the dog has stopped barking, perhaps we can at last get some rest.—After three hundred years had passed, at last the vampire's soul was free.
- (idiomatic) In the end; finally; ultimately.
- Upon balancing the account, the profit at last will hardly countervail the inconveniences that go along with it.
1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, in The Celebrity:
- No matter how early I came down, I would find him on the veranda, smoking cigarettes, or […] . And at last I began to realize in my harassed soul that all elusion was futile, and to take such holidays as I could get, when he was off with a girl, in a spirit of thankfulness.
After all their troubles, at last they lived happily ever after.—After exhausting all possibilities, Holmes was at last satisfied the problem was unsolvable.
after a long time; eventually
in the end; finally; ultimately