Quick answer
"Last" is an adjective which is often translated as "último", and "latest" is an adjective which is also often translated as "último". Learn more about the difference between "last" and "latest" below.
last(
lahst
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (final)
a. último
I do not want to eat the last piece of cake.No quiero comerme el último trozo de pastel.
2. (most recent)
a. último
We went to the movies twice last week.Fuimos al cine dos veces la última semana.
b. pasado
I spent last summer at the beach.Pasé el verano pasado en la playa.
3. (least likely)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
She's the last person I want to see right now.Ella es la última persona a la que quiero ver ahora.
That was the last thing I thought would happen.Era lo que menos pensaba que pasaría.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (in a series)
a. el último
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la última
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The youngest child is usually the last to leave home.El hijo menor es normalmente el último en irse de casa.
5. (all that remains)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I'm making a sandwich with the last of a jar of peanut butter.Me estoy haciendo un bocadillo con lo que queda de un tarro de mantequilla de maní.
This is the last I will smoke before quitting tobacco.Este es el último que me fumaré antes de dejar el tabaco.
6. (previous one)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I went to the dentist the day before last.Fui al dentista anteayer.
The next course is more interesting than the last.El siguiente curso es más interesante que el anterior.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
7. (at the end)
a. último
As always, they arrived last to the party.Como siempre, llegaron últimos a la fiesta.
8. (finally)
a. por último
And last of all, cover it with chocolate chips.Y, por último, cúbralo de trocitos de chocolate.
9. (most recently)
a. última vez
When did you see them last?¿Cuándo los vio por última vez?
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
10. (to continue)
a. durar
The German lesson lasted two hours.La clase de alemán duró dos horas.
11. (to remain usable)
a. durar
This blender is made to last for a lifetime.Esta batidora está fabricada para durar toda una vida.
12. (to be enough)
a. durar
We have enough bread to last a couple of days.Tenemos bastante pan para durar un par de días.
13. (to survive)
a. durar
The patient won't last much longer; his disease is advanced.El paciente no durará mucho, su enfermedad está avanzada.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
14. (to continue)
a. durar
One kilo of meat can last me a week.Un kilo de carne puede durarme una semana.
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latest(
ley
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dihst
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (last)
a. último
What is the latest plane we can board?¿Cuál es el último avión que podemos abordar?
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
April 23rd is the latest date we can hand our assignments in.El 23 de abril es la fecha límite para la entrega de los trabajos prácticos.
Is that the latest time you can stay?¿Eso es lo más tarde que puedes quedarte?
2. (most up-to-date)
a. último
The fans flooded the stores to buy the rock star's latest album.Los fanáticos inundaron las tiendas para comprar el último álbum de la estrella de rock.
b. más reciente
This is the latest of a series of examples of the mayor's lack of empathy with the working class.Este es el más reciente de una serie de ejemplos de la falta de empatía del alcalde con la clase trabajadora.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Peter always buys the latest IT equipment.Peter siempre se compra lo último en equipos informáticos.
Sunnyvale Hospital has the latest and most complete array of medical equipment.El hospital de Sunnyvale tiene el conjunto más moderno y completo de equipamiento médico.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (most recent news)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
And next, the latest on the earthquake in Chile.Y a continuación, las últimas noticias sobre el terremoto de Chile.
Have you heard the latest on your neighbor?¿Te enteraste de lo último que están diciendo sobre tu vecino?
4. (most modern)
a. lo último
We carry the latest in LED technology.Ofrecemos lo último en tecnología LED.
5. (most recent development)
a. la última
Well, your cousin's latest is unbelievable!¡Vaya! ¡La última de tu primo es increíble!
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(significant other)
a. la última conquista
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Have you met Maria's latest?¿Ya conoces la última conquista de María?
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