- to draw out or lengthen, especially in time; extend the duration of; prolong.
- Anatomy. to extend or protrude.
- (in surveying, mathematics, etc.) to plot and draw (lines) with a scale and a protractor.
Origin of protract
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1. continue. See lengthen.
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Examples from the Web for protracted
“We need to be prepared for a protracted campaign in Gaza,” Netanyahu said Monday.Inside the Kerry-Israel Meltdown
Josh Rogin, Eli Lake
July 29, 2014
Without taking gradual steps, an individual is at increased risk of protracted PTSD and depression.Bergdahl’s Bitter Homecoming: The Psychological Cost of War
July 19, 2014
Yet four years later, after a protracted series of court fights, Mindi does not have her daughter back.One Breakdown Can Mean Losing Your Kid Forever
May 30, 2014
“Protracted handcuffing is liable to damage nerves that affect the functioning of the hands,” says the report.Palestinian Factions Made Peace in Israel’s Jails
April 24, 2014
After protracted and bitter months, we will know whether Republicans want a real chance again in presidential contests.Why the GOP Needs a Return to the Bush Leagues
April 21, 2014
It's a revival meeting; a protracted meeting, that's what it is.In the Midst of Alarms
I spare the reader the protracted journal of a lover's hopes and fears.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
And to a protracted residence on one of the Pamarung Islands?The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
This, then, was the mysterious point which protracted the investigations.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
In this tedious and protracted inquiry he had no instructor, nor assistant, nor adviser.Self-Help
- extended or lengthened in time; prolongeda protracted legal battle
- to lengthen or extend (a speech, etc); prolong in time
- (of a muscle) to draw, thrust, or extend (a part, etc) forwards
- to plot or draw using a protractor and scale
C16: from Latin prōtrahere to prolong, from pro- 1 + trahere to drag
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Word Origin and History for protracted
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To extend or protrude a body part.
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