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lengthen

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of lengthen

  1. to make longer I had to lengthen the handle of the paint roller in order to reach the top of the wall Synonyms of lengthen drag (out), draw out, elongate, extend, outstretch, prolong, protract, stretchWords Related to lengthen amplify, enlarge, expand, increase; attenuate, thinNear Antonyms of lengthen decrease, diminish, lessen, reduce; thickenAntonyms of lengthen abbreviate, abridge, curtail, cut, cut back, shorten

Synonym Discussion of lengthen

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

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