Definition of lengthen in English:


Syllabification: length·en
Pronunciation: /ˈleNG(k)THən, ˈlen-


  • 1Make or become longer: [with object]: she lengthened her stride to catch up [no object]: in the spring when the days are lengthening (as adjective lengthening) the lengthening shadows
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    • 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.
    elongate, make longer, extend, prolong, protract, stretch out, drag out; expand, widen, broaden, enlarge; grow/get longer, draw out
  • 1.1 [with object] Prosody & Phonetics Make (a vowel or syllable) long.
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    • It places more or less equal stress on all syllables, usually with the final syllable of a tone unit somewhat lengthened.
    • As far as Sanskrit is concerned, the most important of these is that a macron above a vowel serves to lengthen it, roughly doubling the length of the sound.
    • The objection here is to lengthening short vowels; this is not a feature of Koranic recitation today except in very restricted contexts.

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