I adjective continuing, dragged out, drawn out, elongated, extended, lengthened, lengthy, lingering, long, long-continued, long-drawn, meandering, never-ending, ongoing, prolix, prolonged, unending II index chronic, profuse, prolix

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  • Protracted — Pro*tract ed, a. Prolonged; continued. [1913 Webster] {Protracted meeting},a religious meeting continued for many successive days. [U. S.] [1913 Webster] {Pro*tract ed*ly}, adv. {Pro*tract ed*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • protracted — [[t]prətræ̱ktɪd, AM proʊ [/t]] ADJ GRADED Something, usually something unpleasant, that is protracted lasts a long time, especially longer than usual or longer than you hoped. [FORMAL] However, after protracted negotiations Ogden got the deal he… …   English dictionary

  • protracted — pro|trac|ted [prəˈtræktıd] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of protrahere to draw forward ] used to describe something that continues for a long time, especially if it takes longer than usual, necessary, or expected =… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • protracted — adjective 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 • Syn: ↑drawn out, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Protracted — 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) …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • protracted — adjective Lasting for a long time or longer than expected or usual. a protracted and bitter dispute …   Wiktionary

  • protracted — adj. Protracted is used with these nouns: ↑conflict, ↑dispute, ↑litigation, ↑negotiation, ↑struggle …   Collocations dictionary

  • protracted — pro|tract|ed [ prə træktəd ] adjective FORMAL continuing for a long time, especially longer than is normal or necessary: LONG, LENGTHY: a protracted visit/war/divorce …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • protracted — adjective lasting a long time, especially longer than usual, or necessary: the likelihood of an ugly and protracted guerilla war protract verb (T) protraction noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • protracted — adjective weeks of protracted negotiations Syn: prolonged, long lasting, extended, long drawn out, spun out, dragged out, strung out, lengthy, long; informal marathon Ant: short …   Thesaurus of popular words

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