protract

  • 1Protract — Pro*tract , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Protracted}; p. pr. vb. n. {Protracting}.] [L. protractus, p. p. of protrahere to forth, protract; pro forward + trahere to draw. See {Portrait}, {Portray}.] 1. To draw out or lengthen in time or (rarely) in… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2Protract — Pro*tract , n. [L. protractus.] Tedious continuance or delay. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3protract — I (prolong) verb delay, drag out, filibuster, gain time, hold up, procrastinate, retard II (stall) verb continue, elongate, extend, lengthen out, shelve, string out III index compound …

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  • 4protract — 1530s (implied in protraction), prolongation, extension of time, from L.L. protractionem a drawing out or lengthening, from pp. stem of protrahere, from pro forward + trahere to draw (see TRACT (Cf. tract) (1)). Etymologically identical with… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5protract — prolong, *extend, lengthen, elongate Analogous words: *delay, retard, slow, slacken: *defer, suspend, stay, postpone Antonyms: curtail Contrasted words: *shorten, abridge, abbreviate …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6protract — [v] extend, draw out continue, cool*, defer, delay, drag on*, drag out*, draw, elongate, hold off, hold up, keep going, lengthen, pad*, postpone, procrastinate, prolong, prolongate, put off, put on hold, spin out*, stall, stretch, stretch out;… …

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  • 7protract — ► VERB ▪ prolong; draw out. DERIVATIVES protracted adjective. ORIGIN Latin protrahere prolong …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8protract — [prō trakt′, prətrakt′] vt. [< L protractus, pp. of protrahere < pro , forward + trahere, to DRAW] 1. to draw out; lengthen in duration; prolong 2. to draw to scale; using a protractor and scale 3. Zool. to thrust out; extend: cf. RETRACT… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9protract — verb a) To draw out; to extend, especially in duration. No one wanted Nicolette at the discussion, as she would protract the debate long beyond any reasonable limit with her tedious and tangential arguments. b) To use a protractor. Syn: prolong …

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  • 10protract — verb prolong; draw out. Origin C16: from L. protract , protrahere prolong , from pro out + trahere to draw …

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  • 11protract — verb the opposition will try to protract the discussion Syn: prolong, lengthen, extend, draw out, drag out, spin out, stretch out, string out, elongate; carry on, continue, keep up, perpetuate Ant: curtail, shorten …

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  • 12protract — v.tr. 1 prolong or lengthen in space or esp. time (protracted their stay for some weeks). 2 draw (a plan of ground etc.) to scale. Derivatives: protractedly adv. protractedness n. Etymology: L protrahere protract (as PRO (1), trahere draw) …

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  • 13protract — transitive verb Etymology: Latin protractus, past participle of protrahere, literally, to draw forward, from pro forward + trahere to draw more at pro Date: 1540 1. archaic delay, defer 2. to prolong in time or space ; continue 3. to extend… …

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  • 14protract — v.t. [L. pro, before; tractus, a space drawn out] To extend forward or outward; to protrude …

    Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • 15protract — protractedly, adv. protractedness, n. protractible, adj. protractive, adj. /proh trakt , preuh /, v.t. 1. to draw out or lengthen, esp. in time; extend the duration of; prolong. 2. Anat. to extend or protrude. 3. (in …

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  • 16protract — pro·tract prō trakt vt to extend forward or outward <the mandible is protracted and retracted in chewing> compare RETRACT …

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