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

Definition of lengthy

1 : protracted excessively : overlong

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Other Words from lengthy

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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The online application to request vaccines from the state is lengthy and has been glitchy for some hospital administrators, McBeath said. Marina Starleaf Riker, ExpressNews.com, "‘Rural hospitals are drowning.’ Half of them were left off that state’s vaccine distribution lists.," 25 Dec. 2020 The distance is much further, and the trip can be lengthy depending on traffic congestion along U.S. 98. al, "How the loss of a post office is creating unrest in one Alabama city," 20 Dec. 2020 The process of assessing students for special education can be lengthy and often requires a barrage of assessments, including classroom observations, a psychological evaluation and academic tests. Washington Post, "Thousands of families in special-education limbo," 18 Dec. 2020 Investigations and litigation against corporate titans are lengthy. Sandeep Vaheesan, Wired, "Antitrust Litigation Isn't Enough. Biden Needs to Go Further," 10 Dec. 2020 The closure could be lengthy, according to the agency. oregonlive, "Logging truck crash closes Oregon 224 near Carver," 3 Dec. 2020 Nor will this hearing be lengthy; lawyers on both sides have to keep within strict time limits in their arguments. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Bill Cosby's lawyers to attempt to get his sex-crime conviction overturned at high court hearing," 30 Nov. 2020 Against titanic odds, the 2020 postseason was lengthy, pressure-filled and riveting from start to finish. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Baseball’s coronavirus-altered new rules: Should they stay or go?," 8 Nov. 2020 As the Washington Football Team's name change has shown, the transition to a new name can be a complicated and lengthy process. Cesar Brioso, USA TODAY, "What we know about Cleveland baseball team dropping 'Indians' nickname," 14 Dec. 2020

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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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29 Dec 2020

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“Lengthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lengthy. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce lengthy (audio)

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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