long view


Definition of long view

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an approach to a problem or situation that emphasizes long-range factors


geographical name
Long·​view | \ ˈlȯŋ-ˌvyü How to pronounce Longview (audio) \

Definition of Longview (Entry 2 of 2)

1 city in northeastern Texas population 80,455

Note: Longview grew rapidly in the 1930s after the discovery of oil in the area.

2 city on the Columbia River in southwestern Washington population 36,648

Examples of long view in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun It’s the long view to be sure, but one that perfectly suits a place where time is everything. Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, "An Exclusive Tour of Audemars Piguet's New Museum," 1 June 2020 But taking the long view, the cultural products audiences pay attention to—and the ones deemed worthy of praise by organizations like the Academy—say a lot about what a society values. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "In This American Revolution, Even the Oscars Have a Role," 3 July 2020 These structures may at first feel confusing and difficult to relate to, but taking the long view often proves much more powerful and meaningful. Quanta Magazine, "The Two Forms of Mathematical Beauty," 16 June 2020 Some feel that taking the long view is a positive, especially in light of the growth prospects of some of the biggest names in the rally (think: tech stocks). Anne Sraders, Fortune, "When it comes to earnings, Wall Street has already moved on to 2021," 1 June 2020 Be mindful of deadlines — and take the long viewDisasters can unfold in an instant; recovery can take months or years. cleveland, "How to make a financial recovery kit to rally faster after a disaster," 7 June 2020 Just as investors should focus on long-term outcomes, health care innovators must also take the long view. Eric M. Stone, STAT, "Covid-19 is changing the game for health care companies and investors," 5 June 2020 Whatever truth the long view might reveal to mankind could not help us there. Christopher Beha, Harper's Magazine, "Difficulties Everywhere," 27 Apr. 2020 The flip side, of course, is the Packers have always taken a long view at quarterback, so much so that no team has been in a better spot at the position over the last three decades. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Lions GM Bob Quinn: 'Interesting' move by Packers to trade for QB Jordan Love in Round 1," 24 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of long view


1912, in the meaning defined above

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“Long view.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/long%20view. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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