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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfaɪ.nəl.i/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈfaɪ.nl̩.i/, /ˈfaɪn.li/
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- Homophone: finely (US)
finally (not comparable)
- At the end or conclusion ; ultimately.
The contest was long, but the Romans finally conquered.
- (sequence) To finish (with); lastly (in the present).
1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 2, in The Celebrity:
- I had occasion […] to make a somewhat long business trip to Chicago, and on my return […] I found Farrar awaiting me in the railway station. He smiled his wonted fraction by way of greeting, […], and finally leading me to his buggy, turned and drove out of town.
1967, Sleigh, Barbara, Jessamy, 1993 edition, Sevenoaks, Kent: Bloomsbury, ISBN 0 340 19547 9, page 122:
- At any other time Jessamy would have laughed at the expressions that chased each other over his freckled face: crossness left over from his struggle with the baby; incredulity; distress; and finally delight.
- For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:finally.
Finally, I washed my dog.
- (manner) Definitively, comprehensively.
The question of his long-term success has now been finally settled.
- (ultimately): initially
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