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protract

[proh-trakt, pruh-]
verb (used with object)
1.
to draw out or lengthen, especially in time; extend the duration of; prolong.
2.
Anatomy. to extend or protrude.
3.
(in surveying, mathematics, etc.) to plot and draw (lines) with a scale and a protractor.

Origin:
1540–50; < Latin prōtractus (past participle of prōtrahere to draw forth, prolong). See pro-1, tract1

protractedly, adverb
protractedness, noun
protractible, adjective
protractive, adjective
overprotract, verb (used with object)
unprotracted, adjective
unprotractive, adjective


1. continue. See lengthen.


1. curtail.
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protract (prəˈtrækt)
 
vb
1.  to lengthen or extend (a speech, etc); prolong in time
2.  (of a muscle) to draw, thrust, or extend (a part, etc) forwards
3.  to plot or draw using a protractor and scale
 
[C16: from Latin prōtrahere to prolong, from pro-1 + trahere to drag]
 
pro'tractive
 
adj

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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 (1)). Etymologically identical with portray, which was altered in French.
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protract pro·tract (prō-trākt', prə-)
v. pro·tract·ed, pro·tract·ing, pro·tracts
To extend or protrude a body part.

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