- Protract is to extend something or drag something out.
- An example of protract is when you explain something in 20 minutes that could be explained in 2 minutes.
- An example of protract is when you extend your arm.
- to draw out; lengthen in duration; prolong
- to draw to scale; using a protractor and scale
- Zool. to thrust out; extend
Origin: from Classical Latin protractus, past participle of protrahere from pro-, forward plush trahere, to draw
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transitive verb pro·tract·ed, pro·tract·ing, pro·tracts
- To draw out or lengthen in time; prolong: disputants who needlessly protracted the negotiations.
- Mathematics To draw to scale by means of a scale and protractor; plot.
- Anatomy To extend or protrude (a body part).
Origin: Latin prōtrahere, prōtract- : prō-, forth; see pro-1 + trahere, to drag.
- pro·tractˈed·ly adverb
- pro·tractˈed·ness noun
- pro·tracˈtive adjective
protract - Medical Definition