prolong

verb
pro·​long | \ prə-ˈlȯŋ How to pronounce prolong (audio) \
prolonged; prolonging; prolongs

Definition of prolong

transitive verb

1 : to lengthen in time : continue
2 : to lengthen in extent, scope, or range

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Other Words from prolong

prolongation \ (ˌ)prō-​ˌlȯŋ-​ˈgā-​shən How to pronounce prolongation (audio) , prə-​ How to pronounce prolongation (audio) \ noun
prolonger \ prə-​ˈlȯŋ-​ər How to pronounce prolonger (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for prolong

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 prolong in a Sentence

Additives are used to prolong the shelf life of packaged food. High interest rates were prolonging the recession.

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Now, some experts worry this funding trend, if prolonged, could affect attainment and education quality. Madeline St. Amour, The Denver Post, "CU bracing for next recession with goal of keeping tuition stable," 30 June 2019 This lasted until the 23rd game, and then 24 minutes later into his return, it was prolonged until the 29th. SI.com, "7 Footballers Who Saved Their Teams From Falling Apart," 6 June 2019 Erin Grant, 38, was arrested after a prolonged with police inside a home near Arizona Avenue and Ray Road, according to court records. Raquel Baier, azcentral, "Man accused of assaulting 3 Chandler police officers who responded to domestic disturbance," 3 June 2019 Now that a deal has slipped from the grasp of negotiators, farmers are facing the likelihood that the deepest downturn in the agricultural economy since the 1980s could be prolonged. ... Jesse Newman, WSJ, "U.S. Farmers, Wanting a Trade Deal, Brace for Aid Package Some Fear Will Fall Short," 17 May 2019 First accused of possible sedition for their role in a tumultuous protest that hindered police efforts to stop the vote, their detention was prolonged with rebellion charges, which under Spanish law implies the use of violence. Renata Brito, The Seattle Times, "Spain pressured to free imprisoned Catalan activists," 16 Oct. 2018 This is what happens when a franchise’s failure is prolonged, when shot after shot falls short and a once-proud fanbase grows more and more frustrated as the years go by. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Would Sacramento Kings seriously consider drafting Michael Porter Jr. at No. 2?," 18 June 2018 Police told her the encounter was prolonged because her name was not spelled correctly in a database of student information. CBS News, "White graduate student calls police on black student sleeping in Yale dorm," 9 May 2018 Police told her the encounter was prolonged because her name was not spelled correctly in a database of student information. Pat Eaton-robb, courant.com, "Police Called On Black Student Sleeping In Her Yale Dorm," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of prolong

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prolong

Middle English, from Middle French prolonguer, from Late Latin prolongare, from Latin pro- forward + longus long

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prolong

verb

English Language Learners Definition of prolong

: to make (something) last or continue for a longer time

prolong

verb
pro·​long | \ prə-ˈlȯŋ How to pronounce prolong (audio) \
prolonged; prolonging

Kids Definition of prolong

: to make longer than usual or expected Medicines prolonged his life.

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