pro·tract (prō-trăkt, prə-)
tr.v. pro·tract·ed, pro·tract·ing, pro·tracts
1. To draw out or lengthen in time; prolong: disputants who needlessly protracted the negotiations.
2. Mathematics To draw to scale by means of a scale and protractor; plot.
3. Anatomy To extend or protrude (a body part).
[Latin prōtrahere, prōtract- : prō-, forth; see PRO-1 + trahere, to drag.]
pro·tracted·ly (-trăktĭd-lē) adv.
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