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Meaning of PROTRACT

Pronunciation:  prow'trakt

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer; "We prolonged our stay"; "She extended her visit by another day"; "The meeting was drawn out until midnight"

PROTRACT is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: draw out, extend, prolong
 See Also: lengthen, spin, spin out, temporise, temporize



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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 space; to
       continue; to prolong; as, to protract an argument; to
       protract a war.
    2. To put off to a distant time; to delay; to defer; as, to
       protract a decision or duty. --Shak.
    3. (Surv.) To draw to a scale; to lay down the lines and
       angles of, with scale and protractor; to plot.
    4. (Zo["o]l.) To extend; to protrude; as, the cat can
       protract its claws; -- opposed to {retract}.
  2. \Pro*tract"\, n. [L. protractus.]
    Tedious continuance or delay. [Obs.] --Spenser.