I (prolong) verb delay, drag out, filibuster, gain time, hold up, procrastinate, retard II (stall) verb continue, elongate, extend, lengthen out, shelve, string out III index compound, continue (prolong), delay, enlarge, extend (enlarge), hold up (delay), increase, last, procrastinate, prolong, sustain (prolong)

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  • Protract — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Protract — Pro*tract , n. [L. protractus.] Tedious continuance or delay. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • protract — 1530s (implied in protraction), prolongation, extension of time, from L.L. protractionem a drawing out or lengthening, from pp. stem of protrahere, from pro forward + trahere to draw (see TRACT (Cf. tract) (1)). Etymologically identical with… …   Etymology dictionary

  • protract — prolong, *extend, lengthen, elongate Analogous words: *delay, retard, slow, slacken: *defer, suspend, stay, postpone Antonyms: curtail Contrasted words: *shorten, abridge, abbreviate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • protract — [v] extend, draw out continue, cool*, defer, delay, drag on*, drag out*, draw, elongate, hold off, hold up, keep going, lengthen, pad*, postpone, procrastinate, prolong, prolongate, put off, put on hold, spin out*, stall, stretch, stretch out;… …   New thesaurus

  • protract — ► VERB ▪ prolong; draw out. DERIVATIVES protracted adjective. ORIGIN Latin protrahere prolong …   English terms dictionary

  • protract — [prō trakt′, prətrakt′] vt. [< L protractus, pp. of protrahere < pro , forward + trahere, to DRAW] 1. to draw out; lengthen in duration; prolong 2. to draw to scale; using a protractor and scale 3. Zool. to thrust out; extend: cf. RETRACT… …   English World dictionary

  • protract — verb a) To draw out; to extend, especially in duration. No one wanted Nicolette at the discussion, as she would protract the debate long beyond any reasonable limit with her tedious and tangential arguments. b) To use a protractor. Syn: prolong …   Wiktionary

  • protract — verb prolong; draw out. Origin C16: from L. protract , protrahere prolong , from pro out + trahere to draw …   English new terms dictionary

  • protract — verb the opposition will try to protract the discussion Syn: prolong, lengthen, extend, draw out, drag out, spin out, stretch out, string out, elongate; carry on, continue, keep up, perpetuate Ant: curtail, shorten …   Thesaurus of popular words

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