protract

verb pro·tract \ prō-ˈtrakt , prə- \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of protract

transitive verb
1 archaic : delay, defer
2 : to prolong in time or space : continue
3 : to extend forward or outward — compare retract 1

protractive

play \prō-ˈtrak-tiv, prə-\ adjective

Examples of protract in a Sentence

  1. the highway project was protracted by years of litigation

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Origin and Etymology of protract

Latin protractus, past participle of protrahere, literally, to draw forward, from pro- forward + trahere to draw — more at pro-

Synonym Discussion of protract

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

PROTRACT Defined for Kids

protract

verb pro·tract \ prō-ˈtrakt \

Definition of protract for Students

protracted; protracting
: to make longer : draw out in time or space Disagreements protracted the negotiation.

Medical Dictionary

protract

transitive verb pro·tract \ prō-ˈtrakt \

medical Definition of protract

: to extend forward or outward
  • the mandible is protracted and retracted in chewing
— compare retract


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