[lawng-turm, long-]
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  1. covering a relatively long period of time: a long-term lease.
  2. maturing over or after a relatively long period of time: a long-term loan; a long-term bond.
  3. (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.

Origin of long-term

First recorded in 1905–10
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  1. lasting, staying, or extending over a long timelong-term prospects
  2. 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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