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Meaning & Definition of Long in English

English

Long

/lɔŋ/

verb

1. Desire strongly or persistently

    synonym:
  • hanker
  • ,
  • long
  • ,
  • yearn

adjective

1. Primarily temporal sense

  • Being or indicating a relatively great or greater than average duration or passage of time or a duration as specified
  • "A long life"
  • "A long boring speech"
  • "A long time"
  • "A long friendship"
  • "A long game"
  • "Long ago"
  • "An hour long"
    synonym:
  • long

2. Primarily spatial sense

  • Of relatively great or greater than average spatial extension or extension as specified
  • "A long road"
  • "A long distance"
  • "Contained many long words"
  • "Ten miles long"
    synonym:
  • long

3. Of relatively great height

  • "A race of long gaunt men"- sherwood anderson
  • "Looked out the long french windows"
    synonym:
  • long

4. Good at remembering

  • "A retentive mind"
  • "Tenacious memory"
    synonym:
  • retentive
  • ,
  • recollective
  • ,
  • long
  • ,
  • tenacious

5. Holding securities or commodities in expectation of a rise in prices

  • "Is long on coffee"
  • "A long position in gold"
    synonym:
  • long

6. (of speech sounds or syllables) of relatively long duration

  • "The english vowel sounds in `bate', `beat', `bite', `boat', `boot' are long"
    synonym:
  • long

7. Involving substantial risk

  • "Long odds"
    synonym:
  • long

8. Planning prudently for the future

  • "Large goals that required farsighted policies"
  • "Took a long view of the geopolitical issues"
    synonym:
  • farseeing
  • ,
  • farsighted
  • ,
  • foresighted
  • ,
  • foresightful
  • ,
  • prospicient
  • ,
  • long
  • ,
  • longsighted

9. Having or being more than normal or necessary:"long on brains"

  • "In long supply"
    synonym:
  • long

adverb

1. For an extended time or at a distant time

  • "A promotion long overdue"
  • "Something long hoped for"
  • "His name has long been forgotten"
  • "Talked all night long"
  • "How long will you be gone?"
  • "Arrived long before he was expected"
  • "It is long after your bedtime"
    synonym:
  • long

2. For an extended distance

    synonym:
  • long

Examples of using

I've been with him for a long time.
How long did you need to translate the book?
Our trip lasted a long time.