long

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long is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
long

Pronunciation[change]

Adjective[change]

Positive
long

Comparative
longer

Superlative
longest

It has a long tail.
  1. If something is long, it takes a lot of time.
    At 3 hours and 24 minutes, it's a very long movie.
    That was a long time ago, when I was a child.
    How long is it until we have our trip?
    He was often quiet for long periods of time.
  2. If something is long, it has a large distance from end to end.
    It belonged to a woman in her thirties with long brown hair.
    The paper was about 20 cm long and 12 cm wide.
    You can hear it across long distances.
    She wore a long gray skirt with a black jacket.

Adverb[change]

Positive
long

Comparative
longer

Superlative
longest

  1. If something takes long, it takes a lot of time.
    We had dinner together not so long ago.
    I do not know how long I stood there.
    She left home long before I did.
    I could not go on any longer.
    Those days are so long gone.
    This change is long overdue.

Verb[change]

Plain form
long

Third-person singular
longs

Past tense
longed

Past participle
longed

Present participle
longing

  1. (intransitive) If you long for something, you wish for or really want it.
    Carol still longs for David to come back to her even though she knows he has a new wife.