from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • conj. During the time that: I'll stay as long as you need me.
  • conj. Since: As long as you've offered, I accept.
  • conj. On the condition that: I will cooperate as long as I am notified on time.

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  • conj. Used other than as an idiom: see as,‎ long,‎ as.
  • conj. if, assuming (depending upon some condition or requirement).
  • conj. while, since.


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  • Masses said in what are called mortuary chapels, in the palaces of cardinals, bishops, and princes, at the death of such personages, as long as the body remains exposed there, provided these Masses are for the repose of the deceased prince or prelate.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Sighing overdramatically, Belinda said, “Fine, the beach, then, as long as I get you out of this damn attic!”


  • On the whole then the Prosa was true to its name in being prose, except that the fact that the antistrophe had to be as long as the strophe and that the end of the verse had, so far as possible, to correspond with the end of the word imposed a certain restraint.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • The national Servicemembers Legal Defense Network— representing gay and lesbian active-duty military personnel — informed organizer Sean Sala that they are warning members that it is still a risk to come out as long as "don't ask, don't tell" is on the books.

    Troops march in San Diego gay pride parade

  • A truce was made between the two species, allowing the Nasat to build their townships without Citoac interference as long as the Nasat confined their expansion to a predetermined area.


  • No one in the community really knew who owned 858 East Ferry Street or why it had sat unused for as long as anyone could remember.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic

  • Georgia Enright had been with the Harbor Troupe for as long as had Mallory herself.

    Moon Dance

  • Since, in modern time, whether through the prohibition of civil laws, or because of death by contagious diseases, corpses may not always be taken to the church, the ecclesiastical law has been so broadened that the body of the deceased is considered present fictione juris, as long as it is not buried, and even if it has been buried for not more than two days.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • “Stay as long as you like, Dommie,” Ulrika said as she stepped around her daughter and moved to the bed.


  • This is how it has been in our house for as long as I can remember: you finish the old food first, even if in the meantime the freshly made kotlety grow stale.

    A Mountain of Crumbs


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