protract

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verb pro·tract \prō-ˈtrakt, prə-\

Definition of protract

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  delay, defer

  3. 2 :  to prolong in time or space :  continue

  4. 3 :  to extend forward or outward — compare retract 1

protractive

play \-ˈtrak-tiv\ adjective

Examples of protract in a Sentence

  1. the highway project was protracted by years of litigation

Origin and Etymology of protract

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


First Known Use: 1540

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

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verb pro·tract \prō-ˈtrakt\

Definition of protract for Students

protracted

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protracting

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


Medical Dictionary

protract

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transitive verb pro·tract \prō-ˈtrakt\

Medical Definition of protract

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



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