prolong, protract, extend, draw out(verb)
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"
prolong, sustain, keep up(verb)
lengthen or extend in duration or space
"We sustained the diplomatic negotiations as long as possible"; "prolong the treatment of the patient"; "keep up the good work"
tell apart, distinguish, classify, cleave, split up, fork, differentiate, fraction, break up, divide, rive, single out, part, come apart, carve up, sort, severalize, split, break, fall apart, severalise, dissever, furcate, assort, class, discriminate, branch, break open, secern, separate, divorce, disunite, tell, burst, sort out, ramify, secernate
English Synonyms and Antonyms
To protract is to cause to occupy a longer time than is usual, expected, or desirable. We defer a negotiation which we are slow to enter upon; we protract a negotiation which we are slow to conclude; delay may be used of any stage in the proceedings; we may delay a person as well as an action, but defer and protract are not used of persons. Elongate is not used of actions or abstractions, but only of material objects or extension in space; protract is very rarely used of concrete objects or extension in space; we elongate a line, protract a discussion. Protract has usually an unfavorable sense, implying that the matter referred to is already unduly long, or would be so if longer continued; continue is neutral, applying equally to the desirable or the undesirable. Postpone implies a definite intention to resume, as defer also does, though less decidedly; both are often used with some definite limitation of time; as, to postpone till, until, or to a certain day or hour. One may defer, delay, or postpone a matter intelligently and for good reason; he procrastinates through indolence and irresolution. Compare HINDER.
To protract a speech by verbosity, through an unreasonable time, to, till, or until a late hour.
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How to use prolong in a sentence?
The Senate should not wait to act. I sincerely hope that even our colleagues who may wish to vote against the House GOP bill will not make us prolong this brief lapse in authorities, and we'll be able to get these tools back online this week.
This is alarming because it is unfair, and because it could prolong or even worsen this terrible pandemic, let me be clear: In the race to end this pandemic, we are all rowing the same boat. We cannot sacrifice those at highest risk in some countries so that those at lowest risk can be vaccinated in others.
Every time you go to the zoo, you prolong the captivity of the animals there! If no one goes to the zoos, there will be no zoos! Destroying the evil is very simple and it is in your hand!
The political process is stumbling. Parties encourage each other to fight and these political games prolong the war, may God calm the situation so that there is any political solution, we want to go back to our country.
We can go straight to assessing reasonable compensation without having to prolong the case any further.
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- hinauszögern, ausdehnen, verlängernGerman
- prokrasti, vastigi, longigiEsperanto
- pikendama, edasi lükkamaEstonian
- طولانی کردنPersian
- jatkaa, pidentää, pitkittää, venyttääFinnish
- meghosszabbít, elhalasztHungarian
- tinaku, aukumeMāori
- prolongar, adiarPortuguese
- продлевать, продлить, откладывать, отложитьRussian
- förlänga, skjuta uppSwedish
- طول دیناUrdu
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