In finance, a long position in a security, such as a stock or a bond, or equivalently to be long in a security, means the holder of the position owns the security and will profit if the price of the security goes up. Going long is the more conventional practice of investing and is contrasted with going short. An options investor goes long on the underlying instrument by buying call options or writing put options on it.

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  1. A long vowel.
  2. A long integer variable, twice the size of an int or a short and half of a long long.
    A long is typically 64 bits in a 32-bit environment.
  3. An entity with a long position in an asset.
    Every uptick made the longs cheer.
  4. A note formerly used in music, one half the length of a large, twice that of a breve.


  1. To take a long position in.

Verb (etymology 2)

  1. To await, to aspire, to desire greatly (something to occur or to be true)
    She longed for him to come back.

Verb (etymology 3)

  1. To be appropriate , to pertain or belong .


  1. Having much distance from one terminating point on an object or an area to another terminating point .
  2. Having great duration.
  3. Seemingly lasting a lot of time, because it is boring or tedious or tiring.
  4. Not short; tall.
  5. Possessing or owning stocks, bonds, commodities or other financial instruments with the aim of benefiting of the expected rise in their value.
  6. Of a fielding position, close to the boundary (or closer to the boundary than the equivalent short position).
  7. That land beyond the baseline (and therefore is out).

Adjective (etymology 2)

  1. On account , because .


  1. Over a great distance in space.
  2. For a particular duration.
  3. For a long duration.

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