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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


Antonymsshort

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


Attributelength


Antonymsshort

3. long of relatively great height


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


Similartall


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


Antonymsshort

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


Antonymsshort

7. long involving substantial risk


SamplesLong odds.


Similarunsound


Antonymssound

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


Similarprovident


Antonymsimprovident

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


SamplesLong on brains.
In long supply.


Similarabundant


Antonymsscarce


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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