Definition of Protract

1. Verb. Lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer. "The meeting was drawn out until midnight"

Exact synonyms: Draw Out, Extend, Prolong
Related verbs: Carry, Extend
Generic synonyms: Lengthen
Specialized synonyms: Extend, Temporise, Temporize, Spin, Spin Out
Derivative terms: Extendible, Prolongation, Prolongation, Prolongation, Protraction, Protraction



Definition of Protract

1. v. t. To draw out or lengthen in time or (rarely) in space; to continue; to prolong; as, to protract an argument; to protract a war.

2. n. Tedious continuance or delay.

Definition of Protract

1. Verb. To draw out; to extend, especially in duration. ¹

2. Verb. To use a protractor. ¹

3. Verb. (rare) To draw or delineate. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Protract

1. to prolong [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: prolong

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Literary usage of Protract

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1. The Writings of George Washington: Being His Correspondence, Addresses by George Washington (1847)
"... with no ill designs in the main, would protract the war, and risk the perdition of our liberties. As I always speak to your Excellency in the confidence ..."

2. The Writings of George Washington: Being His Correspondence, Addresses by George Washington (1835)
"... with no ill designs in the main, would protract the war, and risk the perdition of our liberties. As I always speak to your Excellency in the confidence ..."

3. Topographical Drawing and Sketching: Including Applications of Photography by Henry Albert Reed (1886)
"To protract an Angle with either of the above forms: The instrument is laid ... To protract an angle with the scale CHO: From a given point of a right line ..."

4. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of Common Pleas, and by Peregrine Bingham, Great Britain Court of Common Pleas (1833)
"As it might not be possible to serve the Defendant with immediate notice, that construction might protract his liability beyond the period intended. ..."

5. The Book of the Church by Robert Southey (1824)
"The Court of Rome sought, therefore, to protract the suit, in hopes that the not improbable death of the Queen, or some other of those accidents to which ..."

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