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[lawng-turm, long-] /ˈlɔŋˌtɜrm, ˈlɒŋ-/
covering a relatively long period of time:
a long-term lease.
maturing over or after a relatively long period of time:
a long-term loan; a long-term bond.
(of a capital gain or loss) derived from the sale or exchange of an asset held for more than a specified time, as six months or one year.
Origin of long-term
1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Of course, you can process the jams for long-term storage if you wish.
  • Also known as shade fabric, this woven material is useful as a temporary or long-term screen against hot sun and drying winds.
  • For long-term benefits, choose an amendment that breaks down slowly.
  • long-term problems include low investment, uncertain land ownership rights, and the government's inability to manage its budget.
  • The long-term development of the economy remains a daunting challenge.
  • The museum mounts both short- and long-term exhibits.
  • The findings fit with numerous studies supporting a long-term global warming trend.
  • Today the park manages a long-term ecological research program that may be the best in the park system.
  • Climate is the long-term pattern of weather in a particular area.
  • Acute and long-term exposure to pesticides can cause serious health problems for farmers who apply them.
British Dictionary definitions for long-term


lasting, staying, or extending over a long time: long-term prospects
(finance) maturing after a long period of time: a long-term bond
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for long-term

also longterm, long term, 1876, originally in insurance, from long (adj.) + term (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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