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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.

protract

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

pro•tract

(proʊˈtrækt, prə-)

v.t.
1. to draw out or lengthen, esp. in time; prolong.
2. Anat. to extend or protrude.
3. (in surveying, mathematics, etc.) to plot and draw (lines) with a scale and a protractor.
[1540–50; < Latin prōtractus, past participle of prōtrahere to draw forth, prolong]
pro•tract′ed•ly, adv.
pro•tract′ed•ness, n.
pro•tract′i•ble, adj.
pro•trac′tive, adj.
syn: See lengthen.

protract


Past participle: protracted
Gerund: protracting

Imperative
protract
protract
Present
I protract
you protract
he/she/it protracts
we protract
you protract
they protract
Preterite
I protracted
you protracted
he/she/it protracted
we protracted
you protracted
they protracted
Present Continuous
I am protracting
you are protracting
he/she/it is protracting
we are protracting
you are protracting
they are protracting
Present Perfect
I have protracted
you have protracted
he/she/it has protracted
we have protracted
you have protracted
they have protracted
Past Continuous
I was protracting
you were protracting
he/she/it was protracting
we were protracting
you were protracting
they were protracting
Past Perfect
I had protracted
you had protracted
he/she/it had protracted
we had protracted
you had protracted
they had protracted
Future
I will protract
you will protract
he/she/it will protract
we will protract
you will protract
they will protract
Future Perfect
I will have protracted
you will have protracted
he/she/it will have protracted
we will have protracted
you will have protracted
they will have protracted
Future Continuous
I will be protracting
you will be protracting
he/she/it will be protracting
we will be protracting
you will be protracting
they will be protracting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been protracting
you have been protracting
he/she/it has been protracting
we have been protracting
you have been protracting
they have been protracting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been protracting
you will have been protracting
he/she/it will have been protracting
we will have been protracting
you will have been protracting
they will have been protracting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been protracting
you had been protracting
he/she/it had been protracting
we had been protracting
you had been protracting
they had been protracting
Conditional
I would protract
you would protract
he/she/it would protract
we would protract
you would protract
they would protract
Past Conditional
I would have protracted
you would have protracted
he/she/it would have protracted
we would have protracted
you would have protracted
they would have protracted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.protract - 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"
carry, extend - continue or extend; "The civil war carried into the neighboring province"; "The disease extended into the remote mountain provinces"
lengthen - make longer; "Lengthen this skirt, please"
extend - prolong the time allowed for payment of; "extend the loan"
temporise, temporize - draw out a discussion or process in order to gain time; "The speaker temporized in order to delay the vote"
spin out, spin - prolong or extend; "spin out a visit"

protract

verb
To make or become longer:
Mathematics: produce.
Translations

protract

[prəˈtrækt] VTprolongar

protract

vthinausziehen, in die Länge ziehen; illnessverlängern; decisionhinauszögern

protract

[prəˈtrækt] vtprotrarre
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