Adjective: long (longer,longest) long [N. Amer], lóng [Brit]
Adverb: long long [N. Amer], lóng [Brit]
- Primarily temporal sense; being or indicating a relatively great or greater than average duration or passage of time or a duration as specified
"a long life"; "a long boring speech"; "a long time"; "a long friendship"; "a long game"; "long ago"; "an hour long"
- Primarily spatial sense; of relatively great or greater than average spatial extension or extension as specified
"a long road"; "a long distance"; "contained many long words"; "ten miles long"
- Of relatively great height
"a race of long gaunt men"; "looked out the long French windows"
- Good at remembering
"a long mind";
- retentive, recollective, tenacious
- (finance) holding securities or commodities in expectation of a rise in prices
"is long on coffee"; "a long position in gold"
- (of speech sounds or syllables) of relatively long duration
"the English vowel sounds in 'bate', 'beat', 'bite', 'boat', 'boot' are long"
- Involving substantial risk
- Planning prudently for the future
"took a long view of the geopolitical issues"; "large goals that required long-sighted policies";
- farseeing, farsighted, foresighted, foresightful, prospicient, long-sighted [Brit]
- Having or being more than normal or necessary
"long on brains"; "in long supply"
Verb: long long [N. Amer], lóng [Brit]
- For an extended time or at a distant time
"a promotion long overdue"; "something long hoped for"; "his name has long been forgotten"; "talked all night long"; "how long will you be gone?"; "arrived long before he was expected"; "it is long after your bedtime"
- For an extended distance
- Desire strongly or persistently
- hanker, yearn, pant
Derived forms: longest, longing, longed, longs, longer
See also: abundant, agelong, all-night, aware, bimestrial, chronic, continuing, daylong, drawn-out, durable, duration, eight-day, elongate, elongated, endless, eternal, extendable, extended, extendible, far, hourlong, interminable, lank, lasting, length, lengthened, lengthy, lifelong, long-acting, long-dated [Brit], long-drawn-out, long-handled, longish, longitudinal, long-lasting, long-life, long-lived, long-range, long-run, long-snouted, longstanding, long-staple, long-term, long-wool, long-wooled, mindful, monthlong, nightlong, oblong, overnight, perennial, pole-handled, polysyllabic, prolonged, protracted, provident, semipermanent, sesquipedalian, seven-day, stretch, tall, time-consuming, unending, unsound, weeklong, womb-to-tomb, yearlong
Type of: desire, want
Encyclopedia: Long, Richard