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adjective long pronunciation in American English /lɔŋ/
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  1. 1
    measuring a large amount from one end to the other

    a woman with long blonde hair

    There was a long line outside the bank.

    We walked into a long narrow hall.

    It’s the longest tunnel in Europe.

    1. a.
      covering a large distance

      We went for a long walk.

      It’s a long way to Tokyo from here.

  2. 2
    lasting for a large amount of time

    It’s been a long time since I saw Rachel.

    There was a long pause before he spoke.

    1. a.
      seeming to last for a very long time, especially because you are bored or tired

      It had been a very long week.

    2. b.
      if you work long hours or a long day, you work more than usual
  3. 3
    used for saying or asking how far it is from one end of something to the other
    10 feet/2 centimeters/7 inches etc. long:

    The room was ten feet long.

    how long...?:

    How long do you think the table is?

    1. a.
      used for saying or asking about the amount of time that something lasts
      2 hours/an hour etc. long:

      The trip was about an hour long.

      how long...?:

      How long was the movie?

  4. 4
    a long book, letter, report, etc. has a lot of pages
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  5. 5
    long dresses, pants, sleeves, etc. cover your arms or legs

    a shirt with long sleeves

    She came down to dinner in a long skirt.

  6. 6
    in sports, a long ball is one that is kicked or hit so it travels over a large distance, or kicked or hit beyond a line
  7. 7
    a long drink is one that is served in a tall glass
  8. 8
    linguistics a long vowel is a vowel that is pronounced for a longer time than most other vowels
  9. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    for the longest time for a very long time; used for emphasis

    I didn’t 'get' Tumblr for the longest time. Why were people just reblogging other people’s posts?

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 17/07/2014

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