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    talk at length

    1."She talked at length."

    Does this sentence mean her talk lasted long or it was comprehensive which need not to be long? Which of the following sentences are identical with the original?

    2. "She talked lengthily."

    3. "She talked comprehensively."

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    #2

    Re: talk at length

    #3 is the closer one.
    The phrase "at length" means in detail.

    Take a look at explanation #1 in the link below.

    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/at_length

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    #3

    Re: talk at length

    I would say that the meaning is a combination of both for a long time and in depth. The reason why someone takes a long time to talk is because they are covering a lot of content.

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    Re: talk at length

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    #3 is the closer one.
    The phrase "at length" means in detail.

    Take a look at explanation #1 in the link below.

    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/at_length
    Sorry for adding my link. It was Wordweb and example was from there. Wordweb assumes lengthily and at length synonyms. Then I looked Merriam and the synonyms were comprehensively. Now I am somehow confussed because Merriam and Oxford are British sources but Wordweb is American. So does this can be a difference between American E. and British E.?

    http://www.wordwebonline.com/search.pl?w=at+length

    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/at%20length

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    #5

    Re: talk at length

    For the record, Merriam-Webster is not British, it's American.

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    Re: talk at length

    Is WordWeb wrong for this word?

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    #7

    Re: talk at length

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Is WordWeb wrong for this word?
    No.

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    Re: talk at length

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    #3 is the closer one.
    The phrase "at length" means in detail.

    Take a look at explanation #1 in the link below.

    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/at_length
    What does #2 means if it does not mean in detail/fully/comprehensive?

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    #9

    Re: talk at length

    'At length' can mean 'after a long time, just as the definition tells us.

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    Re: talk at length

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    'At length' can mean 'after a long time, just as the definition tells us.
    Then after a long time=lenghtily=at length?
    These are not mean in detail/fully

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