adjective longer Pronunciation: /ˈlɔːŋgər/, /ˈlɒŋgə(r)/, longest Pronunciation: /ˈlɔːŋgəst/, /ˈlɒŋgɪst/
- 1 1.1 (in space)(distance/hair/legs)how long do you want the skirt?the wall is 200 m long¿cómo quieres la falda de larga?it was a long three miles for the runnersel muro mide 200 m de largoit's a long way to Tulsa from herelas tres millas se les hicieron muy largas a los corredoresto be long in the leg (person)Tulsa queda bastante lejos de aquítener las piernas largas(horse)tener las patas largas(clothing)the grass is getting very longser demasiado largoa long drink the long and the short of itthe long and the short of it is that we have no moneyel pasto or (Spain) la hierba está creciendo muchoen resumidas cuentas or en una palabra: no tenemos dineroExample sentences1.2 (extensive)
(book/letter/list)the book is over 300 pages longel libro tiene más de 300 páginasExample sentences1.3 (Linguistics)
- She is described as white, about 25, of medium build, with long straight brown hair.
- After a couple of lefts and a right she found herself in a long, straight corridor.
- She has long straight blonde hair, which she usually wears in a ponytail.
- Don't be put off by the long list of ingredients: it is really easy to make.
- Despite a long list of honorary titles she has remained far from grand.
- I made a long list of promises to God of how good I'd be in future if only we could get this sorted out.
- The big problem with long vowels is that there is more than one way to spell the same sound.
- French long vowels always occur on stressed syllables.
- In French, Italian, and Scottish English long vowels occur in a narrow range of positions and in general do not affect meaning.
- Vocal delivery feels like a poetry reading, spoken as much as sung, but with long drawn syllables.
- A trochee is a metrical foot of two syllables, the first long and the second short.
- Let's assume that long syllables take just twice as long to say as short ones.
- 2 (in time)(struggle/investigation)what are your long-term prospects?how long was your flight?¿qué perspectivas tienes a largo plazo?the movie is three hours long¿cuánto duró el vuelo?two months isn't long enoughla película dura tres horasshe's been gone a long time/whiledos meses no son suficientes or no es tiempo suficientethe nights are getting longerhace tiempo/rato que se fuehe works long hourslas noches se están haciendo más largasshe gave me a long, hard staretrabaja muchas horaswe must take a long, hard look at our prioritiesse me quedó mirando con durezatenemos que considerar detenida y cuidadosamente nuestras prioridadesExample sentences
- Colleagues today paid tribute to their engine driver, who had made many friends during his long career.
- The author had a long career in journalism and his final post was that of executive editor of the European.
- Health problems need to be attended to and resolved or they can linger for a long time.
- 3 (well endowed with) [colloquial]to be long
onsomethinga speech long on rhetoric, but short on substanceun discurso cargado de retórica pero falto de sustanciaExample sentences
- They are long on opinions, but short on evidence.
- He is long on promises, but short on accomplishments.
- Both movies are extremely long on mystery and innuendo.
- 4 (Finance)(bill/stock)a largo plazoExample sentences
- After all, back in the seventies, the long bond yield was up in the mid teens.
- For this reason, their value is often calculated by making reference to the long bond yield.
- Provided that restricted shares can be bought at a deep discount to market, it would make much sense for the group holding long shares to try and convert those shares into a far greater number of restricted shares.
adverb -er, -est
- 1 1.1 (in time) See examples: are you going to stay longhe didn't last very long in the job¿te vas a quedar mucho tiempo?this species has been long extinctno duró mucho en el trabajohave you been waiting long?esta especie lleva extinguida mucho tiempohace mucho tiempo que se extinguió esta especiehow much longer must we wait?¿llevas mucho rato esperando?how long did it take you to get there?¿hasta cuándo vamos a tener que esperar?how long have you been living here?¿cuánto tardaste en llegar?¿cuánto tiempo te llevó el viaje?that's the longest we've ever stayed away from home¿cuánto hace que vives aquí?they didn't spend long in Bangkokesa es la vez que más tiempo hemos estado fueraI didn't have long enough to answer all the questionsno pasaron mucho tiempo en Bangkokpeople live longer nowno me alcanzó el tiempo para contestar todas las preguntasthey didn't have long to waitahora la gente vive más (años)she didn't have long to liveno tuvieron que esperar muchoit won't be long before they get hereno le quedaba mucho tiempo de vidait isn't very long since she leftno tardarán en llegarsit down, I won't be longno hace mucho (tiempo) que se fuehe's not long for this world [euphemistic]siéntate, enseguida vuelvo ( or termino etc)they talked all day longno le queda mucha vida por delantenot long afterwardsestuvieron hablando todo el díalong agono mucho despuésI had met her long beforehace (ya) mucho tiempoit has long since been lostyo la había conocido mucho antes or hacía mucho tiempoa long since rejected theorylleva perdido desde hace tiemponot long ago o sinceuna teoría rechazada hace ya tiempoa long forgotten herono hace muchoI have long suspected itun héroe olvidado desde hace tiempo1.2 (Finance)to buy longhace tiempo que lo venía sospechandocomprar con expectativas alcistasExample sentences
- I will think long and hard before I give my number out again.
- On Booker shortlists, the preponderance of some subjects over others has long been a source of comment.
- They had long been sought by police in connection with a series of violent motorcycle thefts.
- 2 2.1 (in phrases) before longyou'll be an aunt before longbefore long they had bought more officesdentro de poco serás tíafor longshe wasn't gone for longpoco después ya habían comprado más oficinasyou won't be laughing for longno estuvo fuera mucho tiempono longer, not any longerI can't stand it any longervas a ver tú como dentro de nada se te quitan las ganas de reírthere was no longer any point in waitingya no aguanto másthey no longer live hereya no tenía sentido esperar2.2as long as, so long as (as conjunction)ya no viven aquí(for the period)(providing that)I'll remember it as o so long as I livecon tal de que followed by subjunctiveas long as she was alivelo recordaré mientras vivafor as long as I can remembermientras vivió ellayou can go so o as long as you're back by 12desde que tengo memoriapuedes ir con tal de que or siempre que vuelvas antes de las 12Example sentences
- We lost faith in pensions long ago.
- The men long ago stopped wearing tribal costumes.
- It's a particularly unfashionable old hat that ought to have gone to the charity shop long ago.
- Her father was a very important man in the city and he could not stay any longer no matter what his daughter wished.
- They will not keep you any longer than necessary.
- We won't wait any longer for this country's children have health care and a quality education.
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