: occurring over or involving a relatively long period of time
seeking long-term solutions
: of, relating to, or constituting a financial operation or obligation based on a considerable term and especially one of more than 10 years
long-term bonds
: generated by assets held for longer than six months
a long-term capital gain

Examples of long-term in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of long-term was in 1867

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“Long-term.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/long-term. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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: extending over or involving a long period of time
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