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"
evoke, widen, run, lead, continue, aspirate, elicit, poke out, extend, suck out, stretch out, draw out, offer, put out, take out, educe, carry, pull out, go, stretch, protract, stretch forth, pass, keep up, reach out, pull up, unfold, exsert, gallop, expand, cover, strain, extract, sustain, hold out, pull, broaden
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"
have, suffer, keep up, keep, draw out, nurture, support, hold up, hold, sustain, confirm, protract, follow, extend, get, corroborate, maintain, nourish, substantiate, affirm, keep abreast, preserve, conserve
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 NDAA is not really a reversal of the ZTE deal, but will in all probability prolong the ban-lifting process for ZTE.
We all grow old. Some of us prolong it. Others accelerate it. Nobody can prevent it.
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!
All counter-terrorism operations are now more patchy in their intelligence than we've ever seen before, we have had occasions where we have had to prolong dangerous operations and to delay arrests until we can confidently obtain evidence because encryption has been slowing our progress down. That delay makes us all very nervous.
More needs to be done to prolong the life of Semakau landfill beyond 2035.
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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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