- last|ly [ˈla:stli US ˈlæst-] adv [sentence adverb]used when telling someone the last thing at the end of a list or a series of statements≠ ↑firstly▪ Lastly, could I ask all of you to keep this information secret.▬▬▬▬▬▬▬WORD CHOICE: lastly, finally, eventually, in the end, at last!! Do not use lastly to say what happened at the end of a period of time or after several other things happened. Use one of the following expressions:Use finally or eventually to say that something happens after a long time : Finally we managed to get the car to start. | When she eventually turned up, the food was cold.Use eventually or in the end to say what the result or outcome of something was : They eventually got bored and went home. | In the end we decided to cancel the trip.Use at last to say that something happens after a long period of waiting or trying, when you are glad about this : It's good to be home at last. | At last, the pizza's here!Use lastly or finally to introduce the last point you want to make, the last action in a series of actions, or the last item in a list : Lastly, I would like to remind you that smoking is not allowed. | Load the paper, select the number of copies, and lastly press 'Print'. | You add flour, salt, and finally milk.▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.