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Dictionary definition for: Long

1. (n) a comparatively long time; "this won''t take long" "they haven''t been gone long"

2. (v) desire strongly or persistently

3. (a) 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

4. (r) 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 bed

5. (a) 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"

6. (r) for an extended distance

7. (s) of relatively great height; "a race of long gaunt men"- Sherwood Anderson; "looked out the long French windows"

8. (a) holding securities or commodities in expectation of a rise in prices; "is long on coffee" "a long position in gold"

9. (a) of speech sounds (especially vowels) of relatively long duration (as e.g. the English vowel sounds in "bate'', "beat'', "bite'', "boat'', "boot'')

10. (s) used of syllables that are unaccented or of relatively long duration

11. (s) involving substantial risk; "long odds"

12. (s) (of memory) having greater than average range; "a long memory especially for insults" "a tenacious memory"

13. (s) planning prudently for the future; "large goals that required farsighted policies" "took a long view of the geopolitical issues"

14. (s) having or being more than normal or necessary:"long on brains" "in long supply"

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