\ˈleŋ(k)-thē, 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, ˈlen(t)- \ adverb
lengthiness \ˈleŋ(k)-thē-nəs, 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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The Chronicle published a lengthy This World article by Gordon Pates, which spent most of its 3,000 words explaining in detail exactly how a drive-in works. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "SF almost had a Sutro Drive-In in 1950, and more local outdoor movie history," 13 July 2018 Trump has dangled the prospect of a presidential pardon to dissuade his former campaign manager from spilling his guts, but the pardon alone is not likely to spare Manafort a lengthy prison sentence. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 On top of the lengthy jail sentence, Kilpatrick has been ordered to pay $1,637,087 to the city of Detroit for restitution. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Since We’re in a Pardoning Mood ... Former Detroit Mayor Shoots His Pardon Shot With Trump in New Blog Post," 13 June 2018 Two former software engineers, Erica Baker and Kelly Ellis, spoke up in lengthy posts and on social media about the company's treatment of minorities and women. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Google employee activism on diversity, Pentagon contract is shaking up Internet giant," 5 June 2018 The 30-year-old, undocumented immigrant from Mexico becomes the second person to receive a lengthy prison sentence stemming from a violent and chaotic effort two years ago to evade Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "He wrecked 2 trucks, threatened to kill 4 people. Now, he faces prison and deportation," 30 May 2018 Elliott responded to the group in a lengthy Facebook post. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Rep. Josh Elliott Responds to Minimum Wage Criticism," 24 May 2018 The remarks drew a fierce rebuttal from Kathy Grossmann, who wrote a lengthy Facebook post saying the mayor was misleading the public. Keith Bierygolick, Cincinnati.com, "'You wish I would just sit down and shut up': Mason council feuds over commissioner race," 3 May 2018 Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Desmond Marrow, 30, detailed the arrest in a lengthy Facebook post Thursday night. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "‘I thought I was going to die’: Ex-NFL player details brutal arrest," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of lengthy

1689, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of lengthy

: lasting for a long time

: having many pages, items, etc.


\ˈleŋ-thē \
lengthier; lengthiest

Kids Definition of lengthy

: very long a lengthy argument

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