Meaning of “long-term” in the English Dictionary

"long-term" in British English

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uk /ˌlɒŋˈtɜːm/ us /ˌlɑːŋˈtɝːm/

B2 continuing a long time into the future:

long-term unemployment
long-term care for the seriously ill
the long-term effects of the drug

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  • It's too early to assess the long-term consequences of the collapse of the Soviet Union.
  • We want long-term solutions, not short-term palliatives.
  • Requited love is not enough to sustain a long-term relationship.
  • What this country needs is a long-term policy for investment in science and technology.
  • The long-term unemployed now constitute a sort of underclass.

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

"long-term" in American English

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us /ˈlɔŋˌtɜrm/

happening, existing, or continuing for many years or far into the future:

Scientists warned of the long-term effects of global warming.

(Definition of “long-term” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"long term" in Business English

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long termnoun [ S ]

uk us

→  long run

long-termadjective [ usually before noun ]

uk /ˌlɒŋˈtɜːm/ us

continuing to exist or have an effect for a long time into the future:

It's too early to tell whether the long-term benefits of biofuel plants will exceed the taxpayer dollars invested in them.
a long-term agreement/contract/deal Unions are negotiating a long-term agreement to keep the jobs in the local area.
The fund seeks long-term growth of capital.
long-term debt/effects/planning

ACCOUNTING relating to a period of time of more than one year:

Guessing the long-term cash flow of an established business is relatively simple.

FINANCE relating to money that is borrowed or invested for a long period of time:

The Fund's cash reserve could then be used to buy long-term bonds on the cash market.

(Definition of “long term” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)