- lasting a relatively long time: “Feed” has a longer sound than “feet” or “fit.”
- belonging to a class of sounds considered as usually longer in duration than another class, as the vowel of bought as compared to that of but, and in many languages serving as a distinctive feature of phonemes, as the ah in German Bahn in contrast with the a in Bann, or the tt in Italian fatto in contrast with the t in fato (opposed to short (def. 16b)).
- having the sound of the English vowels in mate, meet, mite, mote, moot, and mute, historically descended from vowels that were long in duration.
- marked by a large difference in the numbers of the given betting ratio or in the amounts wagered: long odds.
- of or relating to the larger amount bet.
Idioms about long
- provided that: As long as you can come by six, I'll be here.
- seeing that; since: As long as you're going to the grocery anyway, buy me a pint of ice cream.
- Also so long as. during the time that; through the period that: As long as we were neighbors, they never invited us inside their house.
Origin of long1
OTHER WORDS FROM longlongly, adverblongness, noun
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synonym study for long
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How to use long in a sentence
If those vaccines are as effective as Pfizer’s, they may be more attractive candidates in the long run because they don’t need such extreme special handling.Here’s why COVID-19 vaccines like Pfizer’s need to be kept so cold|Tina Hesman Saey|November 20, 2020|Science News
The longer the coat, the warmer it is—but make it too long, and you’ll barely be able to move your legs.The hottest gifts to buy for the friend who’s always cold|Sandra Gutierrez G.|November 20, 2020|Popular-Science
Ezra and Lauren know better than anyone that Vox has long since grown beyond being dependent on any individuals.Ezra Klein leaves Vox, the website he founded, for New York Times, in a digital media A-list exodus|Paul Farhi, Sarah Ellison|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
All the while, Dean enjoys a long quiet joyride through the heavenly countryside in his beloved car.Supernatural’s bonkers series finale marked the end of an era of fandom|Aja Romano|November 20, 2020|Vox
Entering the code sends out a kind of bat signal, letting other phones know to check if, and how long, you were in contact.A covid-fighting tool is buried in your phone. Turn it on.|Geoffrey Fowler|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
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|Romina Ruiz-Goiriena|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
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|DAILY BEAST
He was scared from the world by its vices; and sometimes longed to repose his wearied spirit in the grave.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
For his mind flung itself with violence upon two sentences: he was 'beautiful and precious'; she longed for him to 'comfort' her.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
It was there that he longed to retire—to a dainty little hotel of his own with a smart clientèle.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
The danger is over for these others, but the poor youth who longed so greatly to succeed lies dead not far away.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin|Mary Hazelton Wade
He longed for death with a full and yearning desire, and he could kiss the hand that would be merciful and give the fatal blow.
British Dictionary definitions for long (1 of 6)
- (postpositive) of a specified number of units in extent or durationthree hours long
- (in combination)a two-foot-long line
- 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
- 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
- for or during just the length of time that
- inasmuch as; since
- provided that; if
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Other Idioms and Phrases with long
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.