lengthen

verb
length·​en | \ ˈleŋ(k)-thən How to pronounce lengthen (audio) , ˈlen(t)-\
lengthened; lengthening\ ˈleŋ(k)th-​niŋ How to pronounce lengthening (audio) , ˈlen(t)th-​ ; ˈleŋ(k)-​thə-​ , ˈlen(t)-​ \

Definition of lengthen

transitive verb

: to make longer

intransitive verb

: to grow longer

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Other Words from lengthen

lengthener \ ˈleŋ(k)th-​nər How to pronounce lengthener (audio) , ˈlen(t)th-​ ; ˈleŋ(k)-​thə-​ , ˈlen(t)-​ \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of lengthen in a Sentence

The days lengthened with the approach of spring. Proper care will lengthen the life of the engine. lengthen a pair of trousers
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Men may have longer fourth fingers because, as the hands get bigger, the fingers don't grow by the same amount—the fourth finger lengthens more than the second. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "Talk to the hand. Scientists try to debunk idea that finger length can reveal personality and health," 6 June 2019 Adding a newer drug to standard hormone therapy lengthens the lives of younger women with advanced breast cancer, a new trial has found. Amy Norton, CBS News, "Newer drug extends lives of young breast cancer patients, study finds," 3 June 2019 The lengthening days and warmer weather are both signals that Yates—along with millions of U.S. residents—will soon be forced over an annual hurdle: shifting the clocks forward at the start of daylight saving time. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Tired of daylight saving time? These places are trying to end it.," 8 Mar. 2019 Silver has focused on player health as commissioner, opening the regular season earlier to reduce the frequency of back-to-back games, and lengthening the All-Star break. Brian Mahoney, The Seattle Times, "Shorter season? Shorter games? Silver ponders NBA format," 13 Apr. 2019 With lifespans lengthening, health-care costs rising, and stocks and bonds alike expected to deliver lower future returns, the need to augment retirement savings is greater than ever. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "Forget the 401(k). Let’s Invent a New Retirement Plan.," 10 Feb. 2019 Unlike classic headstand, this pose allows the neck to lengthen freely, which is especially helpful for those with a curve imbalance. Lauren Depino, Glamour, "My Scoliosis Caused Me Pain and Shame—Then It Helped Me Learn to Find Alignment," 10 Apr. 2019 The Boy Scouts began more seriously considering bankruptcy as two states, New York and California, began publicly considering lengthening the statute of limitations for abuse victims to file lawsuits over decades-old abuse claims. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "Boy Scouts Look for Paths to Stay Viable," 13 Dec. 2018 Freddie Freeman has led the charge, but important contributions from players like Preston Tucker and Dansby Swanson have helped to lengthen their lineup. Mike Barner, SI.com, "MLB DFS Plays for April 11," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of lengthen

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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More Definitions for lengthen

lengthen

verb

English Language Learners Definition of lengthen

: to become longer
: to make (something) longer

lengthen

verb
length·​en | \ ˈleŋ-thən How to pronounce lengthen (audio) \
lengthened; lengthening

Kids Definition of lengthen

: to make or become longer lengthen a dress

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