Meaning of “lengthy” in the English Dictionary

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"lengthy" in British English

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lengthyadjective

uk /ˈleŋ.θi/ us /ˈleŋ.θi/

C1 continuing for a long time:

Many airline passengers face lengthy delays because of the strike.

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  • A lengthy police investigation failed to produce any evidence on which the suspect could be convicted.
  • After a lengthy and painful divorce, she vowed never to remarry.
  • He had boiled down a lengthy report to just a few paragraphs.
  • After a lengthy discussion we reached a unanimous decision on the proposal.
  • It is a lengthy and compelling family saga.

(Definition of “lengthy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lengthy" in American English

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lengthyadjective [ -er/-est only ]

us /ˈleŋk·θi, ˈleŋ-/

lengthy adjective [ -er/-est only ] (TIME)

taking a long time:

a lengthy speech

(Definition of “lengthy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)