From Middle English finally, fynaly, fynally, fynaliche, fynalliche, equivalent to final +‎ -ly.



finally (not comparable)

  1. At the end or conclusion; ultimately.
    The contest was long, but the Romans finally conquered.
  2. (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, 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.
  3. (manner) Definitively, comprehensively.
    The question of his long-term success has now been finally settled.




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