lengthen

verb
length·​en | \ ˈleŋ(k)-thən, ˈlen(t)-\
lengthened; lengthening\ ˈleŋ(k)th-​niŋ , 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 , 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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This stuff lengthens nicely and holds a curl with the jaws of life, too. Devon Abelman, Allure, "The 11 Best Mascaras, According to Allure Editors," 11 Sep. 2018 The other two aldermen on the committee, Mark Mulliner and Noel Talluto, agreed in directing city staff to research other ways to lengthen the growing season for home gardeners in town. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, "Elmhurst officials lay out long process for hoop house approval," 15 May 2018 Remove the trip lever cover plate and use a screwdriver to lengthen the spring arm linkage (fig. Merle Henkenius, Popular Mechanics, "How to Unclog a Bathtub Drain the Right Way," 15 July 2016 Yet, as the planet warms, drought, high temperatures, prolonged heat and other conditions are lengthening the burning season and making severe fires more common, not only in the park but also around the world. Kristen Pope, Discover Magazine, "Wildfire Engulfed Yellowstone 30 Years Ago. Its Recovery Could Predict The Future of the West," 12 Nov. 2018 When the motor isn't calling upon the turbocharger as much, the actuator arm lengthens the pistons' reach, which ups the compression ratio. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "How Infiniti's Variable-Compression Engine Works," 16 July 2018 The time between periods does lengthen as your hormones lurch toward menopause — in one study of 120 women, the average cycle length was 80 days in the 12 months before their final period. Sari Harrar, Good Housekeeping, "4 Perimenopause Period Symptoms That Could Be Serious," 3 July 2018 And, in fact, some additional heat can lengthen the growing season. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Can Wisconsin’s corn take the heat? Study warns rising temperatures could be devastating," 19 June 2018 The silenced lengthened, the empty seats multiplied. SI.com, "From the Ground: Collective Failure to Launch Sees Arsene Wenger's Long Goodbye Splutter Into Life," 22 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 \
lengthened; lengthening

Kids Definition of lengthen

: to make or become longer lengthen a dress

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