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protract

[ proh-trakt, pruh- ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to draw out or lengthen, especially in time; extend the duration of; prolong.

    Synonyms: continue

    Antonyms: curtail

  2. Anatomy. to extend or protrude.
  3. (in surveying, mathematics, etc.) to plot and draw (lines) with a scale and a protractor.


protract

/ prəˈtrækt /

verb

  1. to lengthen or extend (a speech, etc); prolong in time
  2. (of a muscle) to draw, thrust, or extend (a part, etc) forwards
  3. to plot or draw using a protractor and scale


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Derived Forms

  • proˈtractive, adjective
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Other Words From

  • pro·tracted·ly adverb
  • pro·tracted·ness noun
  • pro·tracti·ble adjective
  • pro·tractive adjective
  • over·pro·tract verb (used with object)
  • unpro·tracted adjective
  • unpro·tractive adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of protract1

First recorded in 1540–50, protract is from the Latin word prōtractus (past participle of prōtrahere “to draw forth, prolong”). See pro- 1, tract 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of protract1

C16: from Latin prōtrahere to prolong, from pro- 1+ trahere to drag
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Example Sentences

Looking back on those lost decades, it is as if everything was leading us to the kind of conflict now seen in Burkina Faso, combining the reality of a protracted war, fueled by terrorism.

From Time

Nelson studiously dissected and diagrammed the fish’s muscles and proposed that they protracted and retracted specifically to pull prey down eels’ throats, though he had no proof.

The post Advertisers’ protracted pursuit of cross-media measurement is gathering pace.

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They’re not able to change the mediation mechanisms, they’re not able to think out of the box and they’re not able to come up with something new—and this just protracts the conflict.

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While pediatricians and nonprofits such as Healthy Babies Bright Futures say levels in individual baby foods do not pose a significant risk, protracted exposure over time can cause lasting neurodevelopmental disabilities in children.

But the growing crops are too cleanly and carefully weeded and too uniformly good to protract the illusion.

I have again revived, but it is only to protract my course for a little time longer.

With all his skill, the persistent and adroit minister had been unable to protract negotiations longer than the eighteenth.

When a dressing is put on, do not remove it, as it will be sure to protract the cure, by admitting the air.

I must not protract a tale already far too long, by the recital of my acquaintance with the gallant Twenty-sixth.

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