prolong

prolong
pro|long [prəˈlɔŋ US -ˈlo:ŋ] v [T]
[Date: 1400-1500; : Old French; Origin: prolonguer, from Late Latin prolongare, from Latin longus 'long']
1.) to deliberately make something such as a feeling or activity last longer
I was trying to think of some way to prolong the conversation.
2.) prolong the agony informal
to make an unpleasant or anxious time last longer, especially when people are waiting for news
There's no point in prolonging the agony any longer.

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  • Prolong — Pro*long , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Prolonged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Prolonging}.] [F. prolonger, L. prolongare; pro before, forth + longus long. See {Long}, a., and cf. {Prolongate}, {Purloin}. ] [1913 Webster] 1. To extend in space or length; as, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prolong — early 15c., from O.Fr. prolonguer (13c.), from L.L. prolongare to prolong, extend, from L. pro forth (see PRO (Cf. pro )) + longus long (adj.); see LONG (Cf. long) (adj.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • prolong — I verb be steadfast, continue, drag out, draw out, extend, extendere, hold over, increase, keep, lengthen, linger, maintain, make longer, perpetuate, persevere, preserve, prorogare, protract, retain, slow down, spin out, stretch, sustain, tarry,… …   Law dictionary

  • prolong — protract, Cxtend, lengthen, elongate Analogous words: Continue, last, persist, endure: increase, augment, enlarge: *expand, amplify Antonyms: curtail Contrasted words: *shorten, abridge, abbreviate, retrench …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • prolong — [v] extend, draw out carry on, continue, delay, drag one’s feet*, drag out*, hold, hold up, increase, lengthen, let it ride*, make longer, pad*, perpetuate, protract, spin out*, stall, stretch, stretch out; concepts 239,250 Ant. abbreviate,… …   New thesaurus

  • prolong — ► VERB 1) extend the duration of. 2) technical extend in spatial length. DERIVATIVES prolongation noun. ORIGIN Latin prolongare …   English terms dictionary

  • prolong — [prə lôŋ′gāt΄] vt. prolongated, prolongating [prō lôŋ′, prəlôŋ′] vt. [ME prolongen < MFr prolonguer < LL prolongare < L pro , forth + longus, long: see PRO 2 & LONG1] to lengthen or extend in time or space: also prolongate [pr …   English World dictionary

  • Prolong — Le Prolong est un traitement médical fictif de la série de romans Honor Harrington de David Weber. Le prolong est un processus de génie génétique ayant pour résultat la prolongation de l’espérance de vie. Elle a été développée sur Beowulf deux ou …   Wikipédia en Français

  • prolong — verb ADVERB ▪ significantly ▪ indefinitely ▪ Might it be possible to prolong life indefinitely? ▪ artificially ▪ deliberately …   Collocations dictionary

  • prolong — prolongable, adj. prolongableness, n. prolongably, adv. prolonger, n. prolongment, n. /preuh lawng , long /, v.t. 1. to lengthen out in time; extend the duration of; cause to continue longer: to prolong one s stay abroad. 2. to make longer in… …   Universalium

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