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English adjective: long

1. long primarily temporal sense; being or indicating a relatively great or greater than average duration or passage of time or a duration as specified

SamplesA long life.
A long boring speech.
A long time.
A long friendship.
A long game.
Long ago.
An hour long.

Similaragelong, all-night, bimestrial, chronic, continuing, daylong, drawn-out, durable, eight-day, endless, eternal, extended, hourlong, interminable, lasting, lengthy, lifelong, long-acting, long-dated, long-lasting, long-life, long-lived, long-range, long-run, long-term, longish, longitudinal, longstanding, monthlong, nightlong, overnight, perennial, prolonged, protracted, semipermanent, seven-day, time-consuming, weeklong, womb-to-tomb, yearlong

Attributeduration, length


2. long primarily spatial sense; of relatively great or greater than average spatial extension or extension as specified

SamplesA long road.
A long distance.
Contained many long words.
Ten miles long.

Similarelongate, elongated, elongated, extendable, extended, extendible, far, lank, lengthened, long-handled, long-range, long-snouted, long-staple, long-wool, long-wooled, oblong, pole-handled, polysyllabic, prolonged, sesquipedalian, stretch



3. long of relatively great height

SamplesA race of long gaunt men.
Looked out the long French windows.


Antonymsshort, little

4. long good at remembering

SamplesA retentive mind.
Tenacious memory.

Synonymsrecollective, retentive, tenacious

See alsoaware, mindful

Antonymsforgetful, unretentive, short

5. long holding securities or commodities in expectation of a rise in prices

SamplesIs long on coffee.
A long position in gold.

Domain categoryfinance


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

SamplesThe English vowel sounds in `bate', `beat', `bite', `boat', `boot' are long.

Domain categoryphonetics


7. long involving substantial risk

SamplesLong odds.



8. long planning prudently for the future

SamplesLarge goals that required farsighted policies.
Took a long view of the geopolitical issues.

Synonymsfarseeing, farsighted, foresighted, foresightful, longsighted, prospicient



9. long having or being more than normal or necessary:

SamplesLong on brains.
In long supply.



English adverb: long

1. long for an extended time or at a distant time

SamplesA 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.

2. long for an extended distance

English verb: long

1. long (emotion) desire strongly or persistently

ExamplesThey long to move

Synonymshanker, yearn

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)desire, want

Narrower (hyponym)ache, languish, pine, yearn, yen

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