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- (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.
- 1692, Roger L’Estrange, “ (please specify the fable number.) (please specify the name of the fable.)”, in Fables, of Æsop and Other Eminent Mythologists: […], London: […] R[ichard] Sare, […], →OCLC:
- Upon balancing the account, the profit at last will hardly countervail the inconveniences that go along with it.
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter IV, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC, page 46:
- 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.
- 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 6, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
- She was so mad she wouldn't speak to me for quite a spell, but at last I coaxed her into going up to Miss Emmeline's room and fetching down a tintype of the missing Deacon man.
- 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): in due course, sooner or later; see also Thesaurus:eventually
- (in the end): lastly, ultimately; see also Thesaurus:finally
after a long time; eventually
in the end; finally; ultimately