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