[ adverb ] after a long period of time or an especially long delay


"at length they arrived"

Used in print

(The Dallas Morning News,...)

The West_Texan reported that he had finally gotten Chairman_Bill_Hollowell of the committee to set it for public hearing on Feb. 22 .

(Max F. Millikan and Donald L. M. Blackmer,...)

Finally , a balance must be effected among project finance , utilization of agricultural surpluses , and general balance_of_payments support .

(Joyce O. Hertzler, American Social Institutions;...)

Finally , it gives sanctity , more than human legitimacy , and even , through super empirical reference , transcendent and supernatural importance to some values ; for_example , marriage as a sacrament , much law-breaking as sinful , occasionally the state as a divine instrument .

Finally , it gives meaning to much social endeavor , and logic , consistency , and meaning to life .

(Clement Greenberg, "Collage" in his Art and...)

In the Analytical phase of their Cubism , Braque and Picasso had not_only had to minimize three-dimensionality simply in_order to preserve it ; they had also had to generalize it - to the point , finally , where the illusion of depth and relief became abstracted from specific three-dimensional entities and was rendered largely as the illusion of depth and relief as_such : as a disembodied attribute and expropriated property detached from everything not itself .

[ adverb ] as the end result of a succession or process


"ultimately he had to give in" "at long last the winter was over"

Used in print

(Harold Rosenberg, "The Trial and Eichmann"...)

Do patriots everywhere know enough about how the persecution of the Jews in Germany and later in the occupied countries contributed to terrorizing the populations , splitting apart individuals and groups , arousing the meanest and most dishonest impulses , pulverizing trust and personal dignity , and finally forcing people to follow their masters into the abyss by making them partners in unspeakable crimes ?

(Peter J. White, "Report on Laos"...)

Had the Communist led Pathet_Lao finally come this far ?

(Charles Wharton Stork, "Verner von Heidenstam"...)

Though it centers around the brilliant and enigmatic figure of Charles_12 , , the true hero is not finally the king himself .

In `` The_King 's_Ride '' , Charles breaks_out of a long period of petulance and inertia , regains his old self , escapes from Turkey , and finally reaches his own land after an absence of eighteen years .

(Brainard Cheney, "Christianity and the Tragic Vision-Ut...)

We will recall that the still confident liberals of the Truman administration gathered with other Western utopians in San_Francisco to set_up the legal framework , finally and at_last , to rationalize war - to rationalize want and fear - out of the world : the United_Nations .

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final ultimate final ultimate

[ adverb ] the item at the end


"last, I'll discuss family values"

Used in print

(The Christian Science Monitor,...)

The crowd staged its own mad scene in salvos of cheers and applause and finally a standing_ovation as Miss_Sutherland took curtain_call after curtain_call following a fantastic `` Mad_Scene '' created on_her_own and with the help of the composer and the other performers .

(Schubert Ogden, Christ Without Myth....)

Finally , we may also mention the several members of the self-consciously `` neoliberal '' movement that developed at the University_of_Chicago and is heavily indebted philosophically to the creative work of Alfred_North_Whitehead .

(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)

Finally , the theatrical ( and perversely erotic ) notions of dressing_up , cosmetics , disguise , and especially change of costume ( or singularity of costume , as with Cipolla ) , are characteristically associated with the catastrophes of Mann 's stories .

(James A. Ibers et al., "Proton magnetic resonance...)

The information provided by the electron paramagnetic effects is then discussed , and finally the nuclear effects are interpreted in_terms_of various motional modified models of the **f bond in **f .

(Richard F. McLaughlin, et al., "A study of the...)

Finally , it is suggested that in many respects the horse lung may be anatomically more comparable_to that of the human than any other presently known species .

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