lengthen

  • 1 Lengthen — Length en ( n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lengthened} ( nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Lengthening} ( n*[i^]ng).] To extent in length; to make longer in extent or duration; as, to lengthen a line or a road; to lengthen life; sometimes followed by out. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Lengthen — Length en, v. i. To become longer. Locke. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 lengthen — I verb add to, aggrandize, amplify, augment, compound, continue, draw out, elongate, enlarge, enlarge upon, expand, extend, increase, keep, make larger, project, prolong, prolongate, protract, spin out, spread, stretch, supplement, sustain,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 lengthen — (v.) late 14c., from LENGTH (Cf. length) + EN (Cf. en) (1). Related: Lengthened; lengthening. Earlier verb was simply length (c.1300) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 lengthen — *extend, elongate, prolong, protract Analogous words: *increase, augment: *expand, amplify, distend Antonyms: shorten Contrasted words: abridge, abbreviate, curtail (see SHORTEN) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 lengthen — [v] extend amplify, augment, continue, dilate, distend, drag out, draw, draw out*, elongate, expand, increase, let out, make longer, pad, proceed, prolong, prolongate, protract, reach, spin out*, stretch, string out*; concepts 236,239,245 Ant.… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 lengthen — ► VERB ▪ make or become longer …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 lengthen — [leŋk′thən, leŋ′thən] vt., vi. to make or become longer SYN. EXTEND lengthener n …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 lengthen — lengthener, n. /lengk theuhn, leng , len /, v.t. 1. to make longer; make greater in length. v.i. 2. to become greater in length; grow long or longer. [1490 1500; LENGTH + EN1] Syn. 1. elongate, draw out. LENGTHEN, EXTEND, STRETCH, PROLONG,… …

    Universalium

  • 10 lengthen — UK [ˈleŋθ(ə)n] / US [ˈleŋθən] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms lengthen : present tense I/you/we/they lengthen he/she/it lengthens present participle lengthening past tense lengthened past participle lengthened to become longer, or to… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 lengthen —   Ho olō ihi, ho ololoa, ho ohuelo.    ♦ To lengthen by grafting or splicing, pāna i.    ♦ To lengthen a sound, ho okō i ka leo, ume.    ♦ To lengthen, as a speech or story, ho olō ihi; hilohilo (rare) …

    English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • 12 lengthen — verb Lengthen is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑odds, ↑shadow, ↑silence Lengthen is used with these nouns as the object: ↑stride …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 lengthen — length|en [ leŋθən ] verb intransitive or transitive to become longer, or to make something longer: The shadows slowly began to lengthen. We re going to lengthen our stay next year …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 lengthen — [[t]le̱ŋθən[/t]] lengthens, lengthening, lengthened 1) V ERG When something lengthens or when you lengthen it, it increases in length. The evening shadows were lengthening... [V n] She began to walk faster, but he lengthened his stride to keep up …

    English dictionary

  • 15 lengthen — Synonyms and related words: add to, aggrandize, amplify, augment, boost, broaden, build, build up, continue, dawdle, drag out, draw, draw out, dwell on, elongate, enlarge, exalt, expand, extend, fatten, fill out, hike, hike up, hold, increase,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 16 lengthen — length|en [ˈleŋθən] v [I and T] to make something longer or to become longer ≠ ↑shorten ▪ Can you lengthen this skirt for me? ▪ The days lengthened as summer approached …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 lengthen — verb (I, T) to make something longer or to become longer: Can you lengthen this skirt for me? | The days lengthened as summer approached. opposite shorten …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 lengthen — verb he lengthened his stride to keep up as the spring days lengthen Syn: elongate, make longer, extend, prolong, protract, stretch out, drag out; expand, widen, broaden, enlarge; grow/get longer, draw out Ant: shorten …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 lengthen — verb 1) he lengthened his stride Syn: elongate, make longer, extend, expand, widen, broaden, enlarge 2) you ll need to lengthen the cooking time Syn: prolong, make longer, increase …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 20 lengthen — /ˈlɛŋθən/ (say lengthuhn) verb (t) 1. to make greater in length. –verb (i) 2. to become greater in length: *their shadows lengthen in the light of noon –judith wright, 1949. 3. (of odds) to increase. {length + en1} …

    Australian English dictionary


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