- a long rope used to guide a horse during training or exercise.
- to train or exercise (a horse) by use of a longe.
Origin of longe
- to have an earnest or strong desire or craving; yearn: to long for spring; to long to return home.
Origin of long2
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- Archaic. to be suitable or fitting.
- Obsolete. to be the possession; belong.
Origin of long3
Examples from the Web for longed
News of an opening with Havana has enraged the old guard of Miami that has longed to see the Castro family brought down.Aging Cuban Exiles And Their Lawmakers Bypassed by White House
December 17, 2014
But the deliverance and liberation that has been longed for by Jews and Christians has proven to be an elusive thing.
Harry has longed for his parents ever since they were killed while protecting him from the evil Valdemort.
But she longed for home and another New York agency was courting her.This Baby Can Work a Runway
September 9, 2014
Harley, 14, longed for the comfort of his imprisoned mother and struggled to control his anger and to stay out of jail himself.Filming a Beautiful Town in Decay: ‘Rich Hill’ and the Elusive American Dream
Tracy Droz Tragos
July 27, 2014
Then there would be jewels such as she had longed for, a portrait by Chartran, she thought.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
She thought over it all day, and longed for the evening to come, when she might ask George about it.
He was oppressed with his weariness, and he longed for peace and ease of mind to come to him.
She longed to give it to Nimble Dick; he had saved her from so much this morning.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
This was the vengeance for which she had longed, for which she had plotted, the vengeance she had at last achieved.Within the Law
- Crawford Williamson. 1815–78, US surgeon. He was the first to use ether as an anaesthetic
- an older variant of lunge 2
- having relatively great extent in space on a horizontal plane
- having relatively great duration in time
- (postpositive)of a specified number of units in extent or durationthree hours long
- (in combination)a two-foot-long line
- having or consisting of a relatively large number of items or partsa long list
- having greater than the average or expected rangea long memory
- being the longer or longest of alternativesthe long way to the bank
- having more than the average or usual quantity, extent, or durationa long match
- seeming to occupy a greater time than is really soshe spent a long afternoon waiting in the departure lounge
- intense or thorough (esp in the phrase a long look)
- (of drinks) containing a large quantity of nonalcoholic beverage
- (of a garment) reaching to the wearer's ankles
- informal (foll by on) plentifully supplied or endowed (with)long on good ideas
- phonetics (of a speech sound, esp a vowel)
- of relatively considerable duration
- classified as long, as distinguished from the quality of other vowels
- (in popular usage) denoting the qualities of the five English vowels in such words as mate, mete, mite, moat, moot, and mute
- from end to end; lengthwise
- unlikely to win, happen, succeed, etca long chance
- denoting a vowel of relatively great duration or (esp in classical verse) followed by more than one consonant
- denoting a syllable containing such a vowel
- (in verse that is not quantitative) carrying the emphasis or ictus
- finance having or characterized by large holdings of securities or commodities in anticipation of rising pricesa long position
- cricket (of a fielding position) near the boundarylong leg
- informal (of people) tall and slender
- in the long run See run (def. 82)
- long in the tooth informal old or ageing
- for a certain time or periodhow long will it last?
- for or during an extensive period of timelong into the next year
- at a distant time; quite a bit of timelong before I met you; long ago
- finance into a position with more security or commodity holdings than are required by sale contracts and therefore dependent on rising prices for profitto go long
- as long as or so long as
- for or during just the length of time that
- inasmuch as; since
- provided that; if
- no longer not any more; formerly but not now
- a long time (esp in the phrase for long)
- a relatively long thing, such as a signal in Morse code
- a clothing size for tall people, esp in trousers
- phonetics a long vowel or syllable
- finance a person with large holdings of a security or commodity in expectation of a rise in its price; bull
- music a note common in medieval music but now obsolete, having the time value of two breves
- before long soon
- the long and the short of it the essential points or facts
- (intr; foll by for or an infinitive) to have a strong desire
- (intr) archaic to belong, appertain, or be appropriate
Word Origin and History for longed
"that extends considerably from end to end," Old English lang "long," from Proto-Germanic *langgaz (cf. Old Frisian and Old Saxon lang, Old High German and German lang, Old Norse langr, Middle Dutch lanc, Dutch lang, Gothic laggs "long").
The Germanic words are perhaps from PIE *dlonghos- (cf. Latin longus, Old Persian darga-, Persian dirang, Sanskrit dirghah, Greek dolikhos "long," Greek endelekhes "perpetual," Latin indulgere "to indulge"), from root *del- "long."
The adverb is from Old English lange, longe, from the adjective. No longer "not as formerly" is from c.1300; to be not long for this world "soon to die" is from 1714.
The word illustrates the Old English tendency for short "a" to become short "o" before -n- (also retained in bond/band and West Midlands dialectal lond from land and hond from hand).
Long vowels (c.1000) originally were pronounced for an extended time. Sporting long ball is from 1744, originally in cricket. Long jump as a sporting event is attested from 1864. A ship's long-boat so called from 1510s. Long knives, name Native Americans gave to white settlers (originally in Virginia/Kentucky) is from 1774. Long in the tooth (1841 of persons) is from horses showing age by recession of gums. Long time no see, imitative of American Indian speech, is first recorded 1900. To be long on something, "have a lot" of it, is from 1900, American English slang.
- American surgeon and pioneer anesthetist who was among the first (1842) to use ether as an anesthetic.
Idioms and Phrases with longed
In addition to the idioms beginning with long
- long ago
- long and short of it, the
- long arm of the law, the
- long face
- long haul
- long in the tooth
- long shot, a
- long suit
- long time no see
- as long as
- at (long) last
- before long
- come a long way
- (long) drawn out
- go a long way toward
- happy as the day is long
- in the long run
- make a long story short
- so long
Also see underlonger.