protract

[ proh-trakt, pruh- ]
/ proʊˈtrækt, prə- /

verb (used with object)

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

First recorded in 1540–50, protract is from the Latin word prōtractus (past participle of prōtrahere to draw forth, prolong). See pro-1, tract1

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British Dictionary definitions for protracted (1 of 2)

protracted

/ (prəˈtræktɪd) /

adjective

extended or lengthened in time; prolongeda protracted legal battle

Derived Forms

protractedly, adverbprotractedness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for protracted (2 of 2)

protract

/ (prəˈtrækt) /

verb (tr)

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

Derived Forms

protractive, adjective

Word Origin for protract

C16: from Latin prōtrahere to prolong, from pro- 1 + trahere to drag
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Medicine definitions for protracted

protract

[ prō-trăkt ]

v.

To extend or protrude a body part.
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