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.
Recent Examples on the Web Earlier in the day, Republicans and the president's legal team argued the introduction of new witnesses and documents would prolong the trial for weeks or months. CBS News, "Senate rejects new witnesses in Trump impeachment trial, paving the way for acquittal," 31 Jan. 2020 Stalin, like most narcissistic authoritarians, believed he alone could fix the problems of his country, that any action — including the extermination of his detractors — which prolonged his reign was in the national interest. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Garcia: In Dershowitz’s world, self-interest is national interest," 31 Jan. 2020 McConnell is hesitant to call new witnesses who would prolong the trial and put vulnerable senators who are up for reelection in 2020 in a bind with tough choices. Lisa Mascaro, Fortune, "House votes to send articles of impeachment to Senate," 15 Jan. 2020 McConnell is hesitant to call new witnesses who would prolong the trial and put vulnerable senators who are up for reelection in 2020 in a bind with tough choices. Lisa Mascaro, Anchorage Daily News, "House votes to send articles of impeachment against Trump to Senate," 15 Jan. 2020 McConnell is hesitant to call new witnesses who would prolong the trial. Time, "House Plans Wednesday Vote to Send Articles of Impeachment to Senate," 14 Jan. 2020 From a hydrating, –infused formula to a long-wear, glow-prolonging solution, here are the best foundations to shop right now. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The 15 Best Foundations for Every Skin Type in 2020," 6 Mar. 2020 The market rout in stocks spilled into the corporate-debt markets Friday after investors began to more fully assess the harm that prolonged economic disruption from the coronavirus could do to highly indebted companies. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "Corporate Debt Engulfed by Market Turbulence," 6 Mar. 2020 However, the possibility of this situation being prolonged beyond a month or two cannot be ruled out. Amrita Khalid, Quartz, "How coronavirus is upending Big Tech," 11 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of prolong was in the 15th century

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27 Mar 2020

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“Prolong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prolong. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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More Definitions for prolong

prolong

verb
How to pronounce prolong (audio)

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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