\ ˈleŋ(k)-thē How to pronounce lengthy (audio) , ˈlen(t)-\
lengthier; lengthiest

Definition of lengthy

1 : protracted excessively : overlong
2 : extended, long

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Other Words from lengthy

lengthily \ ˈleŋ(k)-​thə-​lē How to pronounce lengthily (audio) , ˈlen(t)-​ \ adverb
lengthiness \ ˈleŋ(k)-​thē-​nəs How to pronounce lengthiness (audio) , ˈlen(t)-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for lengthy


elongate (or elongated), extended, king-size (or king-sized), long


brief, curt, short, shortish

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Examples of lengthy in a Sentence

The process is both lengthy and costly. a series of lengthy delays Lengthier trips require more planning.
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At the same time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) issued a lengthy statement in support of the cause and House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) followed suit. Scott Clement, Washington Post, "Most Americans say no statehood for the District of Columbia, poll shows," 15 July 2019 Any potential chances for leisure—afternoons spent reading in the sun or catching up with old friends—are far less enjoyable under the shade of such a lengthy list. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz at Work, "The overwhelming burden of to-do lists can destroy all meaningful activity," 7 July 2019 Moore, her hair long and wearing a red-dotted dress, said in a lengthy statement to the judges. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "East Haven mother LeRoya Moore sentenced to 120 years in prison for drugging, drowning her two small children," 27 June 2019 MassDOT's explanation In a lengthy statement, MassDOT sought to explain how Zhukovskyy was able to keep his commercial license despite his record. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "Head of Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles resigns after fatal New Hampshire crash," 26 June 2019 Nobody ran harder in pursuit of Broncos’ excellence than Mr. B. Patrick Dennis Bowlen passed away late Thursday, at age 75, after a lengthy battle against Alzheimer’s disease. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Why NFL’s expanded instant replay is step in right direction," 21 June 2019 But when city law mandates reviews, delays are lengthy. Shwanika Narayan, San Francisco Chronicle, "The historic San Francisco neighborhood is suddenly littered with empty storefronts. What’s the reason?," 13 June 2019 The lengthy list of FASD symptoms includes (among others) speech delays, memory problems, cognitive delays, hyperactivity, difficulty focusing, and learning disabilities. Anchorage Daily News, "Living with FASD: ‘I’m going to have this for the rest of my life’," 28 June 2019 Grisham will also continue to help out the first lady's office during the transition — quite a lengthy list of responsibilities for just one person. CBS News, "First lady's spokeswoman will replace Sarah Sanders as White House press secretary," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of lengthy

1689, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of lengthy was in 1689

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English Language Learners Definition of lengthy

: lasting for a long time
: having many pages, items, etc.


\ ˈleŋ-thē How to pronounce lengthy (audio) \
lengthier; lengthiest

Kids Definition of lengthy

: very long a lengthy argument

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