- to lengthen out in time; extend the duration of; cause to continue longer: to prolong one's stay abroad.
- to make longer in spatial extent: to prolong a line.
Origin of prolong
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1. See lengthen.
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Related Wordsprotracted, dull, extended, delayed, sustained, continued, lengthy, tedious, drawn-out, prolix
Examples from the Web for prolonged
A few hours after the prolonged exposure to Duncan, Williams and her fetus died of overwhelming Ebola infection.The Only Thing More Terrifying Than Ebola Is Being Pregnant With Ebola
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But McCrum withdrew his name in 2010, as the prolonged nomination process stalled his law practice.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: August 31
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A woman, sixty-eight, suffers a heart attack and goes into prolonged cardiac arrest.Real Life Lazarus: When Patients Rise From the Dead
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This prolonged execution marks yet another death penalty fiasco.Arizona Botches Execution
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The reading of the letter was greeted with prolonged applause.The Grand Old Man
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Each one of his words lulled and prolonged the reverie of Angelique.The Dream
The silence in the kitchen was prolonged, and Mr Verloc felt disappointed.
Her prolonged immobility disturbed the comfort of his refection.
Forthwith, he subjected the patient to a prolonged auscultation.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- (tr) to lengthen in duration or space; extend
C15: from Late Latin prōlongāre to extend, from Latin pro- 1 + longus long
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Word Origin and History for prolonged
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