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1. Forming or occurring at the end; last: the final scene of a film.
2. Of or constituting the end result of a succession or process; ultimate: an act with both an immediate and a final purpose. See Synonyms at last1.
3. Not to be changed or reconsidered; unalterable: The judge's decision is final.
Something that comes at or forms the end, especially:
a. The last or one of the last of a series of contests: the finals of a state spelling bee.
b. The last examination of an academic course.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin fīnālis, from fīnis, end.]

fi′nal·ly adv.


1. after a long delay; at last; eventually
2. at the end or final point; lastly
3. completely; conclusively; irrevocably
sentence connector
4. in the end; lastly: finally, he put his tie on.
5. as the last or final point: linking what follows with the previous statements, as in a speech or argument


(ˈfaɪn l i)

1. at the final point or moment.
2. in a final manner; conclusively or decisively.
3. at last; after considerable delay: After three tries, he finally passed his driving test.



Be Careful!
Don't use 'eventually' when you mean that something might be true. Use possibly or perhaps.

Perhaps he'll call later.
1. 'eventually' or 'finally'

When something happens after a lot of delays or problems, you can say that it eventually happens or that it finally happens You use eventually when you want to emphasize that there were a lot of problems. You use finally when you want to emphasize the amount of time it took.

Eventually they got to the hospital.
I found Victoria Avenue eventually.
When John finally arrived, he said he'd lost his way.
2. 'finally'

You can also use finally to show that something happens last in a series of events.

The sky turned red, then purple, and finally black.

Don't use 'eventually' with this meaning, unless you want to emphasize that it happened after a lot of delays or problems.

You can also use finally to introduce a final point, ask a final question, or mention a final item.

Finally, Carol, can you tell us why you want this job?
Combine the flour and the cheese, and finally, add the milk.

Don't use 'eventually' with this meaning.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.finally - after an unspecified period of time or an especially long delay
2.finally - as the end result of a succession or processfinally - as the end result of a succession or process; "ultimately he had to give in"; "at long last the winter was over"
3.finally - the item at the end; "last, I'll discuss family values"


1. eventually, at last, in the end, ultimately, at the last, at the end of the day, in the long run, at length, at the last moment, at long last, when all is said and done, in the fullness of time, after a long time The food finally arrived at the end of the week.
2. lastly, in the end, ultimately Finally came the dessert trolley
3. in conclusion, lastly, in closing, to conclude, to sum up, in summary Finally, a word or two of advice.


1. In conclusion:
2. After a considerable length of time, usually after a delay:
أَخِيراًأخيراًأخيرا، في النِّهايَه، آخر الأمْرفي النِّهايَه، أخيرا
endeligtlangt om længe
aî lokum, loksaî lokum, loks; aî síîustu
cuối cùng


[ˈfaɪnəlɪ] ADV
1. (= lastly) → por último, finalmente
finally, I would like to saypor último or finalmente, me gustaría añadir ...
2. (= eventually, at last) → por fin
she finally decided to acceptpor fin decidió aceptar
3. (= once and for all) → de manera definitiva
they decided to separate, finally and irrevocablydecidieron separarse de manera definitiva e irrevocable


[ˈfaɪnəli] adv
(= in the end) [agree, decide, manage] → finalement
They finally decided to leave on Saturday instead of Friday → Ils ont finalement décidé de partir samedi au lieu de vendredi.
and finally (= and eventually) → et finalement
(= at last) [come, arrive, catch, reach, find] → enfin
(= lastly) → pour finir
Finally, I would like to say → Pour finir, je voudrais dire ...
(= irrevocably) → définitivementfinal whistle n
the final whistle → le coup de sifflet final


(= eventually)schließlich; (= at last, expressing relief) → endlich
(= lastly)zum Schluss; (= in conclusion, introducing a final point)abschließend, zum Abschluss; and finally I must say …und abschließend möchte ich sagen
(= definitively) decide, settleendgültig


[ˈfaɪnəlɪ] adv (lastly) → alla fine; (in conclusion) → in fine; (eventually) → finalmente; (once and for all) → definitivamente


(ˈfainl) adjective
1. the very last. the final chapter of the book.
2. (of a decision etc) definite; decided and not to be changed. The judge's decision is final.
the last part of a competition. The first parts of the competition will take place throughout the country, but the final will be in London.
ˈfinally adverb
1. as the last (of many). The soldiers rode past, then came the Royal visitors, and finally the Queen.
2. at last, after a long time. The train finally arrived.
ˈfinalist noun
a person who reaches the final stage in a competition. It was difficult to decide which of the two finalists was the better tennis player.
fiˈnality (-ˈnӕ-) noun
ˈfinalize, ˈfinalise verb
to make a final decision about plans, arrangements etc. We must finalize the arrangements by Friday.
ˌfinaliˈzation, ˌfinaliˈsation noun
ˈfinals noun plural
the last examinations for a university degree etc. I am sitting/taking my finals in June.


أَخِيراً konečně endeligt schließlich επιτέλους finalmente viimein finalement konačno finalmente ついに 마침내 uiteindelijk endelig ostatecznie finalmente наконец slutligen ในที่สุด sonunda cuối cùng 终于
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On the second Saturday after Jo got out of the window, Meg, as she sat sewing at her window, was scandalized by the sight of Laurie chasing Jo all over the garden and finally capturing her in Amy's bower.
All right," Tom finally answered, as he hung the receiver up, "I'll be here," and then he turned to Ned, whose curiosity had been growing with the telephone talk, and remarked:
We all stood by and watched admiringly while Fuchs rode into the corral with a pitchfork and prodded the bulls again and again, finally driving them apart.
Pontellier finally lit a cigar and began to smoke, letting the paper drag idly from his hand.
At length the sun set in a flood of glory, behind the distant western hills, and as darkness drew its veil around the secluded spot the sounds of preparation diminished; the last light finally disappeared from the log cabin of some officer; the trees cast their deeper shadows over the mounds and the rippling stream, and a silence soon pervaded the camp, as deep as that which reigned in the vast forest by which it was environed.
Through watching so much at night, when it changes so, I have finally found out.
As long as you're not thinking of marrying again, papa," Jessie had said finally, "I don't see the necessity of our knowing her.
They were generally poverty-stricken; always plebeian and obscure; working with unsuccessful diligence at handicrafts; laboring on the wharves, or following the sea, as sailors before the mast; living here and there about the town, in hired tenements, and coming finally to the almshouse as the natural home of their old age.
The great hatch is scrubbed and placed upon the try-works, completely hiding the pots; every cask is out of sight; all tackles are coiled in unseen nooks; and when by the combined and simultaneous industry of almost the entire ship's company, the whole of this conscientious duty is at last concluded, then the crew themselves proceed to their own ablutions; shift themselves from top to toe; and finally issue to the immaculate deck, fresh and all aglow, as bridegrooms new-leaped from out the daintiest Holland.
When finally the doctor left, he told him that he would have to lie quiet for two months, and that if he went to work before that time he might lame himself for life.
Eventually, he hid himself away, on the heights of Mount Pilatus, and dwelt alone among the clouds and crags for years; but rest and peace were still denied him, so he finally put an end to his misery by drowning himself.
She finally be- came even more violent in her opposition than her husband himself.