long - definition and synonyms


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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.

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

      It had been a long week.

    2. b.
      if you work long hours or a long day, you work more than usual
  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. 4
    a long book, letter, report etc has a lot of pages
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  5. 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.

  6. 6
    a long drink is one that is served in a tall glass
  7. 7
    linguistics a long vowel is a vowel that is pronounced for a longer time than most other vowels
  8. 8
    in sport, a long ball is one that is kicked or hit so it travels over a large distance, or kicked or hit beyond a line
  9.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    be a long way from something to be completely different from something

    Auto-sales across the world are a long way from their pre-crisis levels.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 28/05/2016
  10.   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