long Definition

  • 1measuring a great distance from end to end
  • 2lasting or taking a great amount of time
  • 3wanting or wishing for something very much

Using long: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "long" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The Great Wall of China is a long wall.

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    It's been a long time since we last saw each other.

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    I have a long list of things to do today.

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    She has long hair.

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    He took a long walk in the park.

long Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with long

  • a venture or guess that has only a small chance of success


    It's a long shot, but I'm hoping to win the lottery.

  • a sad or disappointed facial expression


    She had a long face when she found out she didn't get the job.

  • a greeting used when two people haven't seen each other in a long time


    Long time no see! How have you been?


Summary: long in Brief

The adjective 'long' [lɒŋ] describes something that measures a great distance from end to end, lasts or takes a great amount of time, or denotes a strong desire. Examples include 'The Great Wall of China is a long wall,' and 'It's been a long time since we last saw each other.' Phrases include 'long shot,' meaning a venture with low chances of success, and 'long time no see,' a greeting after a long absence.

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