- 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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Antonyms for protract
Related Words for protractprolong, defer, draw, stretch, lengthen, procrastinate, delay, continue, pad, elongate, postpone, stall, cool, prolongate
Examples from the Web for protract
Historical Examples of protract
The heroism of the Spaniards might protract, but could not avert their fall.Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
Their mission is not rescue, it is only to prolong a struggle, to protract a fate.'Gerald Fitzgerald
Charles James Lever
To draw forward; to extend or prolong; as, “England desired not to protract the war.”Orthography
Elmer W. Cavins
These are the arts which protract the existence of government.The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 1 (of 4)
Thomas Babington Macaulay
It is almost better to decide wrong than to protract the contest.As I Remember
- 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
Word Origin for protract
- To extend or protrude a body part.