Definition of at length in US English:

at length


  • 1In detail; fully.

    ‘these aspects have been discussed at length’
    • ‘One frail elderly man ranted on at length about a catalogue of mistakes on his account, some of which went back to 1939.’
    • ‘Every staffer and volunteer was asked to discuss at length, and in great detail, all the aspects of their job.’
    • ‘A spokesman for the council said the details of the plans have been discussed at length.’
    • ‘Explain in detail and at length what you expect both you and your potential ally to accomplish.’
    • ‘He would talk at length about his theories on winning behaviours and Woodward and his team of coaches would then apply them to rugby.’
    • ‘His office had been right next to mine, and we had discussed everything at length.’
    • ‘This and other similar questions are discussed at length in these essays.’
    • ‘Almost every work by Poulenc is at least mentioned, and some are discussed at length.’
    • ‘He spoke at length and in detail to the engineers following his hard-fought seventh place at Sepang.’
    • ‘One elderly lady spoke at length about her granddaughter who lived nearby.’
    thoroughly, fully, in detail, in depth, comprehensively, exhaustively, completely, extensively, to the fullest extent
    for a long time, for ages, for hours, on and on, interminably, endlessly, incessantly, ceaselessly, constantly, continually, unendingly, eternally, forever
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  • 2After a long time.

    ‘at length she laid down the pencil’
    • ‘The news controllers were at length forced to grapple with the issue by their correspondents' remarks.’
    after a long time, after a considerable time, eventually, in time, in the long run, in the fullness of time
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