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lengthen

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verb length·en \ˈleŋ(k)-thən, ˈlen(t)-\

Simple Definition of lengthen

  • : to become longer

  • : to make (something) longer

Full Definition of lengthen

length·enedlength·en·ing play \ˈleŋ(k)th-niŋ, ˈlen(t)th-; ˈleŋ(k)-thə-, ˈlen(t)-\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make longer

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to grow longer

length·en·er play \ˈleŋ(k)th-nər, ˈlen(t)th-; ˈleŋ(k)-thə-, ˈlen(t)-\ noun

Examples of lengthen

  1. The days lengthened with the approach of spring.

  2. Proper care will lengthen the life of the engine.

  3. lengthen a pair of trousers



14th Century

First Known Use of lengthen

14th century

Synonym Discussion of lengthen

extend, lengthen, prolong, protract mean to draw out or add to so as to increase in length. extend and lengthen imply a drawing out in space or time but extend may also imply increase in width, scope, area, or range <extend a vacation> <extend welfare services> <lengthen a skirt> <lengthen the workweek>. prolong suggests chiefly increase in duration especially beyond usual limits <prolonged illness>. protract adds to prolong implications of needlessness, vexation, or indefiniteness <protracted litigation>.


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