[ lawng-turm, long- ]
/ ˈlɔŋˌtɜrm, ˈlɒŋ- /


covering a relatively long period of time: a long-term lease.
maturing over or after a relatively long period of time: a long-term loan; a long-term bond.
(of a capital gain or loss) derived from the sale or exchange of an asset held for more than a specified time, as six months or one year.

Nearby words

  1. long-stemmed,
  2. long-sufferance,
  3. long-suffering,
  4. long-tailed cuckoo,
  5. long-tailed tit,
  6. long-term memory,
  7. long-termism,
  8. long-time,
  9. long-tongued,
  10. long-waisted

Origin of long-term

First recorded in 1905–10

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British Dictionary definitions for long-term



lasting, staying, or extending over a long timelong-term prospects
finance maturing after a long period of timea long-term bond
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Word Origin and History for long-term



also longterm, long term, 1876, originally in insurance, from long (adj.) + term (n.).

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