prolong

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EtymologyEdit

Either Back-formation from prolongation, or from Old French prolonguer or porloignier, from prōlongō, from prō + longō.

VerbEdit

prolong (third-person singular simple present prolongs, present participle prolonging, simple past and past participle prolonged)

  1. (transitive) To extend in space or length.
  2. (transitive) To lengthen in time; to extend the duration of; to draw out; to continue.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 5, A Cuckoo in the Nest:
      The departure was not unduly prolonged. In the road Mr. Love and the driver favoured the company with a brief chanty running. “Got it?—No, I ain't, 'old on,—Got it? Got it?—No, 'old on sir.”
  3. (transitive) To lengthen temporally; to put off to a distant time; to postpone.
    The government shouldn't prolong deciding on this issue any further.

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Last modified on 18 April 2014, at 04:30