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protract (verb) prolong
When you protract something you prolong it. Negotiations are protracted if they are continued for a longer time than usual. If you delay something longer than usual, you protract it. You protract a dispute if you donít settle it early enough but continue it.
- The battle protracted for far too long, and the soldiers on both the sides were weary and were in no mood to fight any more.
- He protracted the negotiations just to avoid coming to a settlement and gain time. He prolonged it so long that the other party decided not to attend the negotiations.