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.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Retailers and other multi-site businesses should consider the cost savings—not only in the near term but also in the long term. Rob Almond, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2023 With the state targeting 100% clean electricity by 2045 — and L.A. aiming for 100% by 2035 — electric appliances would substantially reduce emissions over the long term. Terry Castleman, Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2023 With over 30 options to choose from, plates have less than 500 mg of salt, are high in protein and contain a variety of hidden and visible veggies designed to promote healthy eating habits over the long term. Good Housekeeping, 14 Apr. 2023 But starting the drug without caution can be harmful in the long term, according to Steven Heymsfield, MD, a professor of metabolism and body composition at Louisiana State University. Claire Bugos, Verywell Health, 13 Apr. 2023 The premium ingredients and concentrated formula also mean a little goes a long way - resulting in significantly less waste as well as more money saved in the long term. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 11 Apr. 2023 While the price of LED lamps is higher, LED bulbs last longer than UV bulbs, so the cost may be lower in the long term. Theresa Holland, Peoplemag, 11 Apr. 2023 But increased transparency in pricing and the call to create a transition plan that addresses the supply of petroleum and alternative transportation fuels are features that could produce benefits in the long term. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Apr. 2023 Another concern: what might happen to the theater in the long term. J.d. Morris, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Mar. 2023 See More

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“The long term.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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