Definition of protract in English:

protract

Pronunciation /prəˈtrakt/ /prəˈtrækt/

transitive verb

[with object]
  • Prolong.

    ‘he had certainly taken his time, even protracting the process’
    lengthen, make longer, extend, extend the duration of, draw out, drag out, protract, spin out, stretch out, string out, elongate
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Origin

Early 16th century (in the sense ‘to waste time’): from Latin protract- ‘prolonged’, from the verb protrahere, from pro- ‘out’ + trahere ‘to draw’.

Pronunciation

protract

/prəˈtrakt/ /prəˈtrækt/