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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Protract  \Pro*tract"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Protracted};  p.  pr 
  vb  n.  {Protracting}.]  [L.  protractus  p.  p.  of  protrahere  to 
  forth,  protract;  pro  forward  +  trahere  to  draw.  See 
  {Portrait},  {Portray}.] 
  1.  To  draw  out  or  lengthen  in  time  or  (rarely)  in  space;  to 
  continue;  to  prolong;  as  to  protract  an  argument;  to 
  protract  a  war. 
  2.  To  put  off  to  a  distant  time;  to  delay;  to  defer;  as  to 
  protract  a  decision  or  duty.  --Shak. 
  3.  (Surv.)  To  draw  to  a  scale;  to  lay  down  the  lines  and 
  angles  of  with  scale  and  protractor;  to  plot. 
  4.  (Zo["o]l.)  To  extend;  to  protrude;  as  the  cat  can 
  protract  its  claws;  --  opposed  to  {retract}. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Protract  \Pro*tract"\,  n.  [L.  protractus.] 
  Tedious  continuance  or  delay.  [Obs.]  --Spenser. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  v  :  lengthen  in  time;  cause  to  be  or  last  longer:  "We  prolonged 
  our  stay";  "She  extended  her  visit  by  another  day"  [syn: 
  {prolong},  {extend},  {draw  out}] 

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