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[lawng-lahyvd, -livd, long-] /ˈlɔŋˈlaɪvd, -ˈlɪvd, ˈlɒŋ-/
having a long life, existence, or duration:
a long-lived man; long-lived fame.
(of an object) lasting or functioning a long time:
a long-lived battery.
Origin of long-lived
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English; see long1, lived
Related forms
long-livedness, noun Unabridged
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  • Now biologists are on the tail of these deep-diving, long-lived, sociable and mysterious sea creatures.
  • They discovered the first long-lived isotope of the element protactinium.
  • Whereas learned flies had reduced life spans, the long-lived flies learned less well than even average flies.
  • The major challenge that scientists face is developing a sensor that is both long-lived and biocompatible.
  • These freshwater monsters, the continent's largest fish, are extremely long-lived.
  • As one imagines, the reason that they never caught on is because they tend to be extremely expensive and not that long-lived.
  • The effects of exercise on the hormone's production seem to be long-lived.
  • There's no reason that a strong cast and good writing can't turn one long-lived, creative franchise into another, distinctive one.
British Dictionary definitions for long-lived


having long life, existence, or currency
Derived Forms
long-livedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for long-lived

early 15c., from long (adj.) + past participle of live (v.). Old English had langlife "long-lived."

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