lengthy

adjective \ ˈleŋ(k)-thē , ˈlen(t)- \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of lengthy

lengthier; lengthiest
1 : protracted excessively : overlong
2 : extended, long

lengthily

play \ˈleŋ(k)-thə-lē, ˈlen(t)-\ adverb

lengthiness

play \ˈleŋ(k)-thē-nəs, ˈlen(t)-\ noun

Examples of lengthy in a Sentence

  1. The process is both lengthy and costly.

  2. a series of lengthy delays

  3. Lengthier trips require more planning.

Recent Examples of lengthy from the Web

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First Known Use of lengthy

1689


LENGTHY Defined for English Language Learners

lengthy

adjective

Definition of lengthy for English Language Learners

  • : lasting for a long time

  • : having many pages, items, etc.


LENGTHY Defined for Kids

lengthy

adjective \ ˈleŋ-thē \

Definition of lengthy for Students

lengthier; lengthiest
: very long
  • a lengthy argument


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