- 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 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
C16: from Latin prōtrahere to prolong, from pro- 1 + trahere to drag
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Word Origin and History for protract
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To extend or protrude a body part.
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