the long term


: a long period of time after the beginning of something
She is investing for the long term.
I think it's the better choice over the long term.
an investment that should do well in the long term
These changes may improve profits now, but they are going to cost us money in the long term.

Examples of the long term in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While consumers might benefit from cheaper Chinese cars in the short term, allowing unfair practices could eventually mean less competition and higher prices in the long term, the commission argues. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune Europe, 5 July 2024 While those around us may shed pounds in what looks like the easiest and quickest manner, no one will have success, especially in the long term, without also regulating stress. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 5 July 2024 Others help manage angina and its underlying causes in the long term. Lindsay Curtis, Health, 4 July 2024 These measures were intended to deliver growth to the economy over the long term, but a study conducted by Oxfam America found that the opposite has happened. Astha Rajvanshi, TIME, 27 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for the long term 

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“The long term.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

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