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

Definition of lengthy

1 : protracted excessively : overlong

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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

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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 In March 2020, Neff started another lengthy thread mocking a separate woman with whom he was connected on social media. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Tucker Carlson's top writer resigns after secretly posting racist and sexist remarks in online forum," 10 July 2020 The supply chain for tea is lengthy; leaves are picked, processed, sold at auction, blended and packaged, and delivered to retail, with middlemen taking their cuts at each step of the process. Mackenzie Fegan, Bon Appétit, "The Asian-American Tea Brands Creating a More Transparent Industry," 9 July 2020 People just want to be presented as three-dimensional, said Paballo Chauke, a 29-year-old biotech employee in Capetown, South Africa, who expressed his frustrations in a lengthy Twitter thread. Danielle Paquette, Washington Post, "Beyoncé released a video celebrating ‘African tradition.’ Then came the backlash.," 9 July 2020 After a lengthy appeals process, Ted Roberts was sentenced to five years in prison. Elizabeth Zavala, ExpressNews.com, "Disbarred San Antonio attorney involved in extortion scheme seeks judicial clemency, clean slate," 7 July 2020 Michigan educators have a lengthy to-do list before reopening classrooms this fall amid a global pandemic. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan schools expect a booming demand for substitute teachers," 6 July 2020 Within the next week, the Reds have a lengthy to-do list to prepare for camp and the upcoming season. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Reds have a long to-do list as preseason camp opens next week," 25 June 2020 If the asylum-seeker is found to have credible fear of being harmed, she is placed in full and often lengthy proceedings before an immigration judge and allowed to request relief from deportation, like asylum. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Supreme Court sides with Trump on speedy deportations of asylum-seekers," 25 June 2020 The ordinance would allow the Assembly to approve new shelters by conditional use and bypass the regular Planning and Zoning commission process, which can be lengthy. Paula Dobbyn, Anchorage Daily News, "City considering Midtown Anchorage hotel for new alcohol and drug treatment center," 18 June 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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14 Jul 2020

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“Lengthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lengthy. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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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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