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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More: Kentucky football loses defenders Yusuf Corker, Phil Hoskins early vs. Florida All three targeting penalties helped prolong touchdown drives, forced coaches to substitute and deprived them of depth. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Targeting rule takes a toll on Kentucky, exasperates coach Mark Stoops in loss to Florida," 15 Sep. 2019 This lack of guidance sometimes causes parents to under- or over-restrict their child’s activity, both of which can prolong recovery. Susan Davies, The Conversation, "Concussions and children returning to school – what parents need to know," 12 Sep. 2019 Because the storm is predicted to be a slow mover, effects from wind, rain and storm surge could be prolonged, lingering through the middle of next week on Florida’s east coast. Washington Post, "Historic Hurricane Dorian unleashing ‘catastrophic’ blow in northern Bahamas. Hurricane warnings posted for Florida’s east coast.," 3 Sep. 2019 Because the storm is predicted to be a slow mover, effects from wind, rain and storm surge could be prolonged, lingering through the middle of next week. Jason Samenow, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Catastrophic’ Hurricane Dorian blasting Bahamas and bearing down on Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas," 2 Sep. 2019 State officials say the work has been prolonged for good reason. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, "Idyllwild prized its isolation. Now, with the roads into town wrecked, it feels all alone," 21 July 2019 And Foxx’s failure to answer them has prolonged this story in numerous ways, prompting more than 2,000 media mentions worldwide after March 27, according to the Nexis database. Eric Zorn, chicagotribune.com, "Thanks to Kim Foxx, the Jussie Smollett story will not die," 3 June 2019 But despite cries to bench Love or move him back from center to power forward, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue stuck with him, and in doing so may have prolonged Cleveland's season. Tom Withers, Houston Chronicle, "Sweep, sleep: Cavaliers oust Raptors, wait for East finals foe," 8 May 2018 Curb ramps, cross walks and pavement markings will also be improved to prolong the life of the pavement and to improve the safety of pedestrians. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Menomonee Falls and Germantown rank top 5 for worst drivers in Wisconsin, according to QuoteWizard insurance," 9 Sep. 2019

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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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