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protract

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of protract

  1. to make longer the highway project was protracted by years of litigation Synonyms of protract drag (out), draw out, elongate, lengthen, outstretch, prolong, extend, stretchWords Related to protract amplify, enlarge, expand, increase; attenuate, thinNear Antonyms of protract decrease, diminish, lessen, reduce; thickenAntonyms of protract abbreviate, abridge, curtail, cut, cut back, shorten

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


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