What is the meaning of long?


  • Desire strongly or persistently.


  • Primarily temporal sense; being or indicating a relatively great or greater than average duration or passage of time or a duration as specified.
    • usage: "a long life"; "a long boring speech"; "a long time"; "a long friendship"; "a long game"; "long ago"; "an hour long"
  • Primarily spatial sense; of relatively great or greater than average spatial extension or extension as specified.
    • usage: "a long road"; "a long distance"; "contained many long words"; "ten miles long"
  • Of relatively great height.
    • usage: "a race of long gaunt men- Sherwood Anderson; "looked out the long French windows"
  • Good at remembering.
    • usage: "a retentive mind"; "tenacious memory"
  • Holding securities or commodities in expectation of a rise in prices.
    • usage: "is long on coffee"; "a long position in gold"
  • Of speech sounds or syllables. ( of relatively long duration)
    • usage: "the English vowel sounds in `bate', `beat', `bite', `boat', `boot' are long"
  • Involving substantial risk.
    • usage: "long odds"
  • Planning prudently for the future.
    • usage: "large goals that required farsighted policies"; "took a long view of the geopolitical issues"
  • (adj.) ()


  • For an extended time or at a distant time.
    • usage: "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"
  • For an extended distance. .
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APAWordNet. (2010). long. Retrieved June 25, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/long/definitions/1177712
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "long" http://smartdefine.org/long/definitions/1177712 (accessed June 25, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, long, Smart Define, viewed 25 June, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/long/definitions/1177712>.
MLAWordNet. "long" 23 October 2010. Web. 25 June 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/long/definitions/1177712>
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