長 means 'long'

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Strokes : 8    Radical number: 168    Frequency: 40   JLPT: N5    Usefulness: 1    Study set: 1-2    Grade: 2   Intermediate lesson: 2    Beginner lesson: 7   Begins 278 words   Used in 868 words   Used in 3983 names   Component in 19 kanji (2 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   なが long
Kun    おさ
Name    お   おしゃ   たかし   たけ   な   は   ひさ
      长 (Chinese)  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 長 is used 61 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 長 is used 745 times, read 3 ways (with 2 variations).
チョウ : 572 words FIND ALL
company president; manager; director
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チョウ (read as じょう) : 1 word FIND ALL
the long night of spiritual darkness  (yojijukugo)
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おさ : 8 words FIND ALL
1. head; chief; leader; elder
2. the greatest of all; the most excellent
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なが : 163 words FIND ALL
1. long (distance)  (this meaning is restricted to form 長い)
2. long (time); lengthy
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たけ: 1 word. FIND ALL
Most common form:
1. height; stature
2. length (esp. of clothing)
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An additional 良 less common words include 長 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 189 (originally: 173)  Joy o' Kanji : 173  Key to Kanji: 755 

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チョウ   なが long   
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