lengthen

verb length·en \ ˈleŋ(k)-thən , ˈlen(t)- \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of lengthen

lengthened; lengthening play \ˈleŋ(k)th-niŋ, ˈlen(t)th-; ˈleŋ(k)-thə-, ˈlen(t)-\
transitive verb
:to make longer
intransitive verb
:to grow longer

lengthener

play \ˈleŋ(k)th-nər, ˈlen(t)th-; ˈleŋ(k)-thə-, ˈlen(t)-\ noun

Examples of lengthen in a Sentence

  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

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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

LENGTHEN Defined for English Language Learners

lengthen

verb

Definition of lengthen for English Language Learners

  • : to become longer

  • : to make (something) longer


LENGTHEN Defined for Kids

lengthen

verb length·en \ ˈleŋ-thən \

Definition of lengthen for Students

lengthened; lengthening
:to make or become longer
  • lengthen a dress


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