long

To strongly crave or desire something is to long for it. No matter how healthful your diet is, you'll still occasionally long for chocolate, cookies, and cake.

The adjective long describes something that stretches over a large distance. If you're trying to avoid a prolonged visit with your crazy Aunt Martha, you might decide to take the long way to her house. The adjective long also describes something that lasts for an extended amount of time. When your Aunt Martha comes to your house, a half-hour can seem like a long, long time.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: long

1
adjadv
primarily spatial sense; of relatively great or greater than average spatial extension or extension as specified
for an extended distance
2
adjadv
primarily temporal sense; being or indicating a relatively great or greater than average duration or passage of time or a duration as specified
for an extended time or at a distant time
3
adj
involving substantial risk
4
adj
having or being more than normal or necessary:"long on brains"
5
v
desire strongly or persistently
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: long
1

adj 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
Synonyms
elongate, elongated
having notably more length than width; being long and slender
elongated, extended, lengthened, prolonged
drawn out or made longer spatially
extendable, extendible
capable of being lengthened
far
being of a considerable distance or length
lank
long and thin and often limp
long-handled, pole-handled
having a long handle
long-range
suitable for or reaching long distances
long-snouted
having a snout that is longer than average
long-staple
having relatively long fibers
long-wool, long-wooled
(of sheep) having relatively long wool
oblong
deviating from a square or circle or sphere by being elongated in one direction
polysyllabic, sesquipedalian
(of words) long and ponderous; having many syllables
stretch
having an elongated seating area
Antonyms:
short
(primarily spatial sense) having little length or lacking in length
abbreviated, brief
(of clothing) very short
close
used of hair or haircuts
curtal
(obsolete) cut short
sawed-off, sawn-off, shortened
cut short
shortish
somewhat short
short-range
limited to short distances
short-snouted
having a snout that is shorter than average
snub
unusually short
stubby
short and blunt
shortened, telescoped
shortened by or as if by means of parts that slide one within another or are crushed one into another
truncate, truncated
terminating abruptly by having or as if having an end or point cut off
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adj of relatively great height

“"a race of long gaunt men"- Sherwood Anderson”
“looked out the long French windows”
Synonyms
tall
great in vertical dimension; high in stature

adv for an extended distance

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adj 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
Synonyms
agelong
lasting through all time
bimestrial
two months long; lasting two months
chronic, continuing
of long duration
daylong
lasting through an entire day
drawn-out, extended, lengthy, prolonged, protracted
relatively long in duration; tediously protracted
durable, lasting, long-lasting, long-lived
existing for a long time
eight-day
lasting for eight days
endless, eternal, interminable
tiresomely long; seemingly without end
hourlong
lasting for an hour
lifelong, womb-to-tomb
continuing through life
long-acting
active over a long period of time
long-dated
of a gilt-edged security; having more than 15 years to run before redemption
longish
somewhat long
long-life
(of perishable goods) treated to stay fresh longer than usual
longitudinal
over an extended time
long-range
involving an extended span of time
long-run, long-term, semipermanent
relating to or extending over a relatively long time
longstanding
having existed for a long time
monthlong
last through a month
all-night, nightlong, overnight
lasting, open, or operating through the whole night
perennial
lasting an indefinitely long time; suggesting self-renewal
time-consuming
of a task that takes time and patience
seven-day, weeklong
lasting through a week
yearlong
lasting through a year
Antonyms:
short
primarily temporal sense; indicating or being or seeming to be limited in duration
abbreviated, shortened, truncated
cut short in duration
brief
of short duration or distance
clipped
(of speech) having quick short sounds
fleeting, fugitive, momentaneous, momentary
lasting for a markedly brief time
short and sweet
dealt with very quickly; to the point
short-dated
of a gilt-edged security; having less than 5 years to run before redemption
short-range
relating to the near future
short-run, short-term
relating to or extending over a limited period
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adj (of speech sounds or syllables) of relatively long duration

“the English vowel sounds in `bate', `beat', `bite', `boat', `boot' are long
Antonyms:
short
of speech sounds or syllables of relatively short duration

adj planning prudently for the future

“took a long view of the geopolitical issues”
Synonyms:
farseeing, farsighted, foresighted, foresightful, longsighted, prospicient
provident
providing carefully for the future

adj good at remembering

Synonyms:
recollective, retentive, tenacious
aware, mindful
bearing in mind; attentive to
Antonyms:
forgetful, short, unretentive
(of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range
forgetful, mindless, unmindful
not mindful or attentive
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adv 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”
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adj involving substantial risk

long odds”
Synonyms
unsound
not sound financially

adj holding securities or commodities in expectation of a rise in prices

“is long on coffee”
“a long position in gold”
Antonyms:
short
not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices
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adj having or being more than normal or necessary:"long on brains"

“in long supply”
Synonyms
abundant
present in great quantity
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v desire strongly or persistently

Synonyms:
hanker, yearn
Types:
ache, languish, pine, yearn, yen
have a desire for something or someone who is not present
die
languish as with love or desire
Type of:
desire, want
feel or have a desire for; want strongly
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