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long

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 4)

1 of great extent from end to end
  • giraffes have long necks to help them reach leaves on tall trees

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2 lasting for a considerable time
  • if it's boring, even a movie with a running time of 90 minutes can seem long

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long

adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms of long (Entry 2 of 4)

as in perennially, enduringly

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long

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of long (Entry 3 of 4)

a long or seemingly long period of time
  • they should be here before long

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long

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of long (Entry 4 of 4)

as in yearn, pine

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How is the word long distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of long are hanker, hunger, pine, thirst, and yearn. While all these words mean "to have a strong desire for something," long implies a wishing with one's whole heart and often a striving to attain.

longed for some rest

When would hanker be a good substitute for long?

Although the words hanker and long have much in common, hanker suggests the uneasy promptings of unsatisfied appetite or desire.

always hankering for money

How are the words hunger and thirst related as synonyms of long?

Both hunger and thirst imply an insistent or impatient craving or a compelling need.

hungered for a business of his own

thirsted for power

When can pine be used instead of long?

The meanings of pine and long largely overlap; however, pine implies a languishing or a fruitless longing for what is impossible.

pined for a lost love

When is it sensible to use yearn instead of long?

The words yearn and long are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, yearn suggests an eager, restless, or painful longing.

yearned for a stage career

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The first known use of long was before the 12th century

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“Long.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/long. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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