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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.
- 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): 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