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adjective long pronunciation in British English /lɒŋ/
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  1. 1
    lasting for a large amount of time
    It’s a long time since I saw Rachel.
    There was a long pause before he spoke.
    Many people face a long wait for surgery.
    I haven’t spoken to him for a long while.
    He has a long history of mental illness.
  2. 2
    measuring a large amount from one end to the other
    a woman with long blonde hair
    There was a long queue 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.
  3. 3
    used for saying or asking how far it is from one end of something to the other
    10 metres/2 centimetres/7 inches etc long: The room was 3 metres 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 journey was about an hour long.
      how long...?: How long was the film?
  4. 5
    long dresses, trousers, sleeves etc cover your arms or legs
    a shirt with long sleeves
    She came down to dinner in a long skirt.



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