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protract

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verb pro·tract \prō-ˈtrakt, prə-\

Definition of protract

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  delay, defer

  3. 2 :  to prolong in time or space :  continue

  4. 3 :  to extend forward or outward — compare retract 1

pro·trac·tive play \-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

Synonym Discussion of protract

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>.

Medical Dictionary

protract

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transitive verb pro·tract \prō-ˈtrakt\

Medical Definition of protract

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





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