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protract

Syllabification: pro·tract
Pronunciation: /prəˈtrakt
 
/

Definition of protract in English:

verb

[with object]
1Prolong: he had certainly taken his time, even protracting the process
More example sentences
  • To deprive a successful litigant of interest on his or her legal costs is to encourage the losing side to delay and protract the assessment process.
  • The ‘winner-take-all electoral vote’ practice can avoid prolonged county by county vote count, which will inevitably protract the delivery of a new president.
  • We've been in such a hurry for all these years for one main reason - the more the negotiations are protracted, the more difficult they become, which can be easily noticed.
Synonyms
prolong, lengthen, extend, draw out, drag out, spin out, stretch out, string out, elongate;
carry on, continue, keep up, perpetuate
2Draw (a plan, etc.) to scale.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Latin protract- 'prolonged', from the verb protrahere, from pro- 'out' + trahere 'to draw'.

More
  • abstract from (Middle English):

    The Latin source of abstract, meant literally ‘drawn away’ and is from abstrahere, from the elements ab- ‘from’ and trahere ‘draw off’. The use in art dates from the mid 19th century. Trahere is found in many English words including: attract (Late Middle English) with ad ‘to’; portrait (mid 16th century), something drawn; protract (mid 16th century) with pro ‘out’; retract (Late Middle English) and retreat (Late Middle English) both drawing back; and words listed at train.

Derivatives

protraction

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈtrakSHən/
noun
Example sentences
  • Strong pitch control in these birds apparently involves the protraction and retraction of the wings to move the center of lift anterior and posterior respectively, which in turn causes the bird to pitch up or down.
  • As a consequence, fluorophores in the spine neck and in the parent dendrite may get bleached, leading to a protraction of the diffusional refilling of the spine head.

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