protracted


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pro·tract

 (prō-trăkt′, prə-)
tr.v. pro·tract·ed, pro·tract·ing, pro·tracts
1. To draw out or lengthen in time; prolong: disputants who needlessly protracted the negotiations.
2. Mathematics To draw to scale by means of a scale and protractor; plot.
3. Anatomy To extend or protrude (a body part).

[Latin prōtrahere, prōtract- : prō-, forth; see pro-1 + trahere, to drag.]

pro·tract′ed·ly (-trăk′tĭd-lē) adv.
pro·tract′ed·ness n.
pro·trac′tive adj.

protracted

(prəˈtræktɪd)
adj
extended or lengthened in time; prolonged: a protracted legal battle.
proˈtractedly adv
proˈtractedness n
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.protracted - relatively long in duration; tediously protracted; "a drawn-out argument"; "an extended discussion"; "a lengthy visit from her mother-in-law"; "a prolonged and bitter struggle"; "protracted negotiations"
long - primarily temporal sense; being or indicating a relatively great or greater than average duration or passage of time or a duration as specified; "a long life"; "a long boring speech"; "a long time"; "a long friendship"; "a long game"; "long ago"; "an hour long"

protracted

protracted

adjective
2. Extending tediously beyond a standard duration:
Translations

protracted

[prəˈtræktɪd] ADJprolongado, (excesivamente) largo

protracted

[prəˈtræktɪd] adjprolongé(e)

protracted

adj illnesslangwierig; discussion, debate, negotiations alsosich hinziehend attr; descriptionlang gezogen; absence, disputelängere(r, s)

protracted

[prəˈtræktɪd] adjprotratto/a, prolungato/a
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