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  1. long
    IPA[lôNG]
  2. adjective

    • 1. measuring a great distance from end to end:

      a long corridor long black hair the line for tickets was long
      Synonym : lengthy, of considerable length, extended, prolonged, extensive, stretched out, spread out, long-lasting, lasting
    • 2. (after a measurement and in questions) measuring a specified distance from end to end:

      a boat 150 feet long how long is the leash?
      Synonym : in length, lengthways, lengthwise
    • 3. (of a journey) covering a great distance:

      I went for a long walk
    • 4. (of a ball in sports) traveling a great distance, or further than expected or intended:

      he threw a long ball to the catcher
    • 5. (of a garment or sleeves on a garment) covering the whole of a person's legs or arms:

      a sweater with long sleeves
    • 6. of elongated shape:

      shaped like a torpedo, long and thin
    • 7. (of a person) tall.

    • 8. lasting or taking a great amount of time:

      a long and distinguished career she took a long time to dress
      Synonym : prolonged, protracted, lengthy, overlong, extended, long-drawn-out, drawn-out, spun-out, dragged-out, seemingly endless, lingering, interminable, tedious, boring, wearisome
    • 9. (after a noun of duration and in questions) lasting or taking a specified amount of time:

      the debates will be 90 minutes long
    • 10. seeming to last more time than is the case; lengthy or tedious:

      serving long hours on the committee
    • 11. (of a person's memory) retaining things for a great amount of time.

    • 12. relatively great in extent:

      write a long report a long list of candidates
    • 13. (after a noun of extent and in questions) having a specified extent:

      the statement was three pages long
    • 14. (of a vowel) categorized as long with regard to quality and length (e.g., in standard American English, the vowel /uː/ in food is long, as distinct from the short vowel /ʊ/ in good).

    • 15. (of a vowel or syllable) having the greater of the two recognized durations.

    • 16. (of odds or a chance) reflecting or representing a low level of probability:

      winning against long odds you're taking a long chance
    • 17. (of shares, bonds, or other assets) bought in advance, with the expectation of a rise in price.

    • 18. (of a broker or their position in the market) buying or based on long stocks.

    • 19. (of a security) maturing at a distant date.

    • 20. well-supplied with:

      an industry that seems long on ideas but short on cash

    noun

    • 1. a long interval or period:

      see you before long it will not be for long
    • 2. a long sound such as a long signal in Morse code or a long vowel or syllable:

      two longs and a short
    • 3. long-dated securities, especially gilt-edged securities.

    • 4. assets held in a long position.

    adverb

    • 1. for a long time:

      we hadn't known them long an experience they will long remember his long-awaited Grand Prix debut
    • 2. in questions about a period of time:

      how long have you been working?
    • 3. at a time distant from a specified event or point of time:

      the work was compiled long after his death it was abandoned long ago
    • 4. after an implied point of time:

      he could not wait any longer
    • 5. (after a noun of duration) throughout a specified period of time:

      it rained all day long
    • 6. (with reference to the ball in sports) at, to, or over a great distance, or further than expected or intended:

      the quarterback dropped back and threw the ball long
    • 7. beyond the point aimed at; too far:

      he threw the ball long
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: long, plural noun: longs

    • verb

      have a strong wish or desire:
    • combining form

      (added to nouns) for the duration of:
    • abbreviation

      longitude.
    • adjective

      measuring a great distance from end to end:

      (after a measurement and in questions) measuring a specified distance from end to end:

    • noun

      a long period:

      a long sound such as a long signal in Morse code or a long vowel or syllable:

    • adverb

      for a long time:

      in questions about a period of time:

    • combining form

      (added to nouns) for the duration of:
    • abbreviation

      longitude.
    • verb

      have a strong wish or desire:
    • noun

      a yearning desire:
    • adjective

      having or showing a yearning desire:
    • noun

      a yearning desire:
    • adjective

      having or showing a yearning desire:
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