de·​cades-long ˈde-ˌkādz-ˌlȯŋ How to pronounce decades-long (audio)
variants or less commonly decadeslong
: lasting two or more decades : occurring over a period of two or more decades
… no discussion of wolf research would be complete without mention of this fascinating, decades-long study.Robert R. Ream
His decades-long accumulation of books makes an eclectic mix …Stephen Mihm

Examples of decades-long in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jane Fonda After a decades-long career in the business starting with her first feature film role in 1960's Tall Story, Fonda decided to retire from acting in 1991 after marrying Ted Turner. Diana Pearl, Peoplemag, 22 Mar. 2023 And in Asia, the decades-long funding of healthcare robots for older adults has intensified. Erico Guizzo, IEEE Spectrum, 22 Mar. 2023 Their source, instead, is a decades-long battle between Black labor and white ownership. Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2023 Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo have a decades-long chokehold on a market that is arguably oversaturated already. WIRED, 20 Mar. 2023 With three words on Monday, Tony Lewis Jr. announced to his Instagram followers how his decades-long fight to free his father, Tony Lewis Sr., from prison had ended. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2023 Among his prized memories was working on a backstory for the two characters about their decades-long friendship, some of which made it into the latest movie. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Mar. 2023 But — to extend Napolitano’s race car analogy a little further — getting to this place that feels like a finish line in the decades-long saga over Bruce’s Beach has been one hell of a bumpy ride. Erika D. Smith, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2023 By seeking to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Finland is shifting a decades-long of geopolitical strategy known as Finlandization. Lara Jakes Lara Jakes Michael Crowley Nick Cumming-Bruce Helene Cooper Matthew Mpoke Bigg Lara Jakes Anushka Patil Lara Jakes Lara Jakes Andrew Higgins Andrew Higgins Marc Santora Andrew Higgins Valerie Hopkins Nick Cumming-Bruce Nick Cumming-Bruce Valerie Hopkins Valerie Hopkins Marc Santora Eric Schmitt Anushka Patil Carly Olson Valerie Hopkins Eric Schmitt Eric Schmitt Matthew Mpoke Bigg, New York Times, 16 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of decades-long was in 1930

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“Decades-long.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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