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lengthen

Line breaks: length¦en
Pronunciation: /ˈlɛŋθ(ə)n
 
, -ŋkθ-/

Definition of lengthen in English:

verb

Make or become longer: [with object]: the mascara will lengthen your lashes [no object]: in the spring when the days are lengthening (as adjective lengthening) the lengthening shadows
More example sentences
  • Half an hour had already passed, and the shadows lengthened as the sun sunk into the horizon.
  • The shadows were just barely lengthening and Kristram looked at me in disbelief.
  • Then, as the candles burnt and the shadows lengthened, we started to think about it properly.
Synonyms
elongate, make longer, stretch out, extend;
expand, widen, broaden, enlarge
grow longer, get longer, draw out, stretch
prolong, make longer, increase, extend, expand, protract, stretch out, draw out, drag out, spin out

Derivatives

lengthener

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Also, steer clear of the new fiber-based lash lengtheners; the fibers can easily get into eyes, irritating them.

Words that rhyme with lengthen

strengthen

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