- For a long time.
- He went on at length about his supposed qualifications.
- (formal or dated) At last, finally, eventually.
- She led us through the tunnels for some time, until at length we reached a small door in the rock.
- 1898, Falkner, J. Meade, chapter 4, in Moonfleet:
- How long I slept I cannot tell, for I had nothing to guide me to the time, but woke at length, and found myself still in darkness.
- (archaic) In full; without omission or abbreviation.
- 1800, Francis Vincent, United States Register, page 4:
- The proceedings of Congress are not given, since they are inserted at length in the "Congressional Globe;" but the principal bills are noticed under the date of their passage.
- (for a long time): abidingly, duratively, protractedly; see also Thesaurus:lastingly
- (finally): at length, sooner or later, ultimately; see also Thesaurus:eventually or Thesaurus:lastly
- (in full): entirely, fully, whole cloth; see also Thesaurus:completely
for a long time
in full; without omission or abbreviation