Dictionary adverb *le(i)- letzte zuletzt


last, lastly
(In a sequence. Rare. The common way to say it is "als letztes".)
How useful: coming soon
recently, of late
(Not common, but sometimes used to refer to the recent past in contexts where something happens repeatedly.)
How useful: coming soon
the end, the last
("bis zuletzt" - in this combination. The core idea is "until the very end".)
How useful: coming soon

Word Family

Root: *le(i)-

The core idea of this root was:

letting go, slacken off, relenting

And we can still see this sense in the English offspring, like last, let, lenient, latter or late.

By the way, the words relax and and release, though they would fit in here, apparently come from a different root.

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