lengthy

adjective
\ 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

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

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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But Zuckerberg’s lengthy vision plan barely mentioned advertising and completely ignored fake news and other misinformation—some of the top criticisms leveled against the social network. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Zuckerberg, Facebook commit to building 'privacy focused platform,' dodging ads and fake news," 6 Mar. 2019 Kim Kardashian West and Alice Marie Johnson met in person for the first time since President Trump commuted Johnson’s lengthy prison sentence. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "'I Just Didn't Want to Give Up.' Kim Kardashian West Meets the Woman She Helped Get Pardoned," 14 June 2018 Because of their criminal acts, Scott and Plair were both shot, and now will serve lengthy prison sentences. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "Ex-Brinks employee convicted of conspiring to rob armored trucks," 24 May 2018 Chief Delatorre said thieves with lengthy arrest histories in the transit system committed many of the larcenies in the system in 2018. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Serial Pickpockets to Blame for Bump in New York City Subway Crime, Police Say," 5 Jan. 2019 Now, months later, in a lengthy phone interview, Iles refused to explain this discrepancy to Ars. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Civil unrest: How a blockchain-based journalism startup bumbled its launch," 23 Dec. 2018 Basketball is embedded in the DNA of the region thanks to 41 years of the SuperSonics and a lengthy history of producing NBA talent. Stephen Whyno, The Seattle Times, "NHL adds Seattle as league’s 32nd team, play begins in 2021," 5 Dec. 2018 Our relationship, even though quite lengthy, was primarily based around the band. Katherine Turman, Billboard, "James Williamson on His New Trio Pink Hearts & the Stooges' Legacy," 21 June 2018 The decision not to charge Mr. Liu spares him not only potentially lengthy legal proceedings in the U.S. Austen Hufford And Te-ping Chen, WSJ, "JD.com Founder Liu Won’t Face Charges in Sexual-Assault Case," 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of lengthy

1689, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Dictionary Entries near lengthy

lengthful

lengthways

lengthwise

lengthy

Lengua

lenience

leniency

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The first known use of lengthy was in 1689

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lengthy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of lengthy

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

lengthy

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

Kids Definition of lengthy

: very long a lengthy argument

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