[lawng-turm, long-]


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.

Origin of long-term

First recorded in 1905–10
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Historical Examples of longterm

  • Its use is and will be a strong consideration in longterm planning—another good reason, in fact, for flexibility.

    The Nation's River

    United States Department of the Interior

British Dictionary definitions for longterm



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 longterm



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

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