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[fahyn-l-ee] /ˈfaɪn l i/
at the final point or moment; in the end.
in a final manner; conclusively or decisively.
at last; eventually; after considerable delay:
After three tries, he finally passed his driving test.
Origin of finally
1325-75; Middle English; see final, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • finally, attach a small tray to keep accessories close at hand.
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  • Thanks heaven she finally got around to it: the results are wonderful.
  • She found herself spending more and more time in the garden and, finally, walked away from her career.
  • finally he called a neighbor to come over and join the daily trek.
  • finally, a warm river of molten dark chocolate flows into molds to cool into shiny slabs for eating or cooking.
  • finally, it goes almost without saying that bee gardens should be kept free of pesticides.
  • finally, cut the plants back by about two-thirds and transplant them into the garden.
  • finally a book that goes into great detail about drip irrigation.
British Dictionary definitions for finally


after a long delay; at last; eventually
at the end or final point; lastly
completely; conclusively; irrevocably
sentence connector
in the end; lastly: finally, he put his tie on
as the last or final point: linking what follows with the previous statements, as in a speech or argument
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Word Origin and History for finally

late 14c., fynaly, from final + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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