lengthen

[lengk-thuhn, leng-, len-]
verb (used with object)
1.
to make longer; make greater in length.
verb (used without object)
2.
to become greater in length; grow long or longer.

Origin:
1490–1500; length + -en1

lengthener, noun
outlengthen, verb (used with object)
unlengthened, adjective


1. elongate, draw out. Lengthen, extend, stretch, prolong, protract agree in the idea of making longer. To lengthen is to make longer, either in a material or an immaterial sense: to lengthen a dress. To extend is to lengthen beyond some original point or so as to reach a certain point: to extend a railway line by a hundred miles. To stretch is primarily to lengthen by drawing or tension: to stretch a rubber band. Both prolong and protract mean especially to lengthen in time, and therefore apply to intangibles. To prolong is to continue beyond the desired, estimated, or allotted time: to prolong an interview. To protract is to draw out to undue length or to be slow in coming to a conclusion: to protract a discussion.


1. shorten.
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lengthen (ˈlɛŋkθən, ˈlɛŋθən)
 
vb
to make or become longer
 
'lengthener
 
n

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lengthen
early 16c., from length.
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Example sentences for lengthening
Gingival recession, resulting in apparent lengthening of teeth.
This consonant lengthening is phonemically contrastive qabala he accepted vs.
An example of such an application is certain ship lengthening operations.
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