Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

Existing or continuing for a long time - thesaurus

Synonyms

long

adjective

lasting for a large amount of time

long-term

adjective

continuing to exist, be relevant, or have an effect for a long time in the future

lasting

adjective

continuing to exist or have an effect for a long time

extended

adjective

continuing for longer than usual

prolonged

adjective

continuing for a long time

enduring

adjective

lasting for a long time

never-ending

adjective

continuing for a very long time and likely to continue even longer

for some time

for a long period of time

on and on

continuing for a long time

for ever

used for saying that a situation will always continue in the future, or will continue for a very long time

Show me more
Show me less

More synonyms

ageless

adjective

something that is ageless has existed for a very long time and continues to exist

at (great/some) length

for a long time and with a lot of detail

away

adverb

used for showing that someone does something continuously or for a long time

constant

adjective

continuous or regular over a long period of time

continued

adjective

provided, happening, or done regularly or for a long period

double

adjective

lasting twice as long as normal

durable

adjective

continuing to exist or work for a long time, even if the situation changes

eternal

adjective

continuing for ever or for a very long time

eternally

adverb

for ever, or for a very long time

eternally

adverb

used for emphasizing that something will continue for a very long time

everlasting

adjective

continuing for a very long time

for long

for a long period of time

for the foreseeable future

for as far in the future as can be determined, based on what is known now

from/since time immemorial

literary for an extremely long time

from the cradle to the grave

through your whole life

future-proof

adjective

something that is future-proof will not stop being used because it has been replaced by something newer and more effective

here to stay

if something is here to stay, it will continue to exist for a long time and become accepted as normal

long

adverb

for a long period of time

long-lasting

adjective

continuing for a long time

long-life

adjective

British long-life products have been especially designed or treated so that they last longer than the normal types

long-lived

adjective

living or lasting for a long time

long-range

adjective

continuing or looking far into the future

long-running

adjective

having continued for a long time

long-standing

adjective

having existed for a long time

long-time

adjective

having continued or existed as a particular thing for a long time

medium-term

adjective

within the period of time that begins at the present time and lasts a few months or years

more/longer etc than someone cares to /remember/admit/mention

used for saying that something has been happening for a long time or very much

of many/five/ten etc years’ standing

used for saying how long something has been happening

over the long haul

over a long period of time

since/from the year dot

since a very long time ago

slow

adjective

taking a long time

steady

adjective

reliable and continuing for a long period of time

sustained

adjective

continuing at the same level or rate for a long time

till/until Doomsday

for a very long time

till/until the cows come home

for a very long time

time-honoured

adjective

done in the same way for a very long time

to/until the end of time

for a very long time

to/until/till the bitter end

continuing until the end of a particular situation or period of time, even though it is difficult or unpleasant

well

adverb

used for emphasizing that a period of time or a distance is long

BuzzWord

hygge

a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

sofar

a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play