Dictionary

protract

verb pro·tract \prō-ˈtrakt, prə-\

Definition of PROTRACT

transitive verb
1
archaic :  delay, defer
2
:  to prolong in time or space :  continue
3
:  to extend forward or outward — compare retract 1
pro·trac·tive \-ˈtrak-tiv\ adjective

Examples of PROTRACT

  1. <the highway project was protracted by years of litigation>

Origin of PROTRACT

Latin protractus, past participle of protrahere, literally, to draw forward, from pro- forward + trahere to draw — more at pro-
First Known Use: 1540

protract

transitive verb pro·tract \prō-ˈtrakt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PROTRACT

:  to extend forward or outward <the mandible is protracted and retracted in chewing>—compare retract

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: protractedlyPrevious Word in the Dictionary: protracheateAll Words Near: protract
March 30, 2015
amphibology Hear it
A phrase with more than one interpretation
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears