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adjective American English pronunciation: long /lɔŋ/ 
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adjectivelong
comparativelonger
superlativelongest
  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. 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?

  3. 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.

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