protract

  • 1 Protract — 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

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

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 protract — 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 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 protract — 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

  • 5 protract — 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

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 protract — [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

  • 9 protract — 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 …

    Wiktionary

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

    English new terms dictionary

  • 11 protract — 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 …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 12 protract — 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) …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 13 protract — 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… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

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

    Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • 15 protract — 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 …

    Universalium

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

    Medical dictionary

  • 17 protract — Synonyms and related words: adjourn, chatter, continue, dawdle, defer, delay, drag out, draw, draw out, dwell on, elongate, extend, fill out, hang fire, hang up, hold, hold off, hold over, hold up, keep, keep alive, keep going, keep up, lay aside …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 protract — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. extend, lengthen; prolong, continue; postpone, defer, delay; chart. See length, durability. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. postpone, defer, extend, procrastinate; see delay 1 . See Synonym Study at extend …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 protract — pro·tract || prəʊ trækt /prÉ™ v. prolong, postpone, lengthen; continue, maintain, preserve; stretch, extend, sustain …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20 protract — v. a. 1. Prolong, continue, lengthen (in time), spin out. 2. Lengthen, prolong (in space). 3. Delay, put off, postpone, defer …

    New dictionary of synonyms


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