- simple past tense and past participle of protract
protracted (comparative more protracted, superlative most protracted)
- Lasting for a long time or longer than expected or usual.
- Synonyms: long-drawn-out; see also Thesaurus:lasting
- a protracted and bitter dispute
- 1852 March – 1853 September, Charles Dickens, chapter 5, in Bleak House, London: Bradbury and Evans, […], published 1853, →OCLC:
- ... inheritance of protracted misery ...
- 2019 May 12, Alex McLevy, “Westeros faces a disastrous final battle on the penultimate Game of Thrones (newbies)”, in The A.V. Club:
- The gleefully sadistic killer pushes Jaime into a fight, telling him that he slept with Cersei, and after a protracted struggle, even sinks his blade into Jaime’s side. But it turns out that a metal hand can be valuable in battle, after all, and Jaime uses it to help sink his own sword into Euron’s stomach
lasting for a long time or longer than expected or usual