verb pro·long \prə-ˈlŋ\

: to make (something) last or continue for a longer time

Full Definition of PROLONG

transitive verb
:  to lengthen in time :  continue
:  to lengthen in extent, scope, or range
pro·lon·ga·tion \(ˌ)prō-ˌlŋ-ˈgā-shən, prə-\ noun
pro·long·er \prə-ˈlŋ-ər\ noun

Origin of PROLONG

Middle English, from Middle French prolonguer, from Late Latin prolongare, from Latin pro- forward + longus long
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of PROLONG

extend, lengthen, prolong, protract mean to draw out or add to so as to increase in length. extend and lengthen imply a drawing out in space or time but extend may also imply increase in width, scope, area, or range <extend a vacation> <extend welfare services> <lengthen a skirt> <lengthen the workweek>. prolong suggests chiefly increase in duration especially beyond usual limits <prolonged illness>. protract adds to prolong implications of needlessness, vexation, or indefiniteness <protracted litigation>.
PROLONG Defined for Kids


verb pro·long \prə-ˈlŋ\

Definition of PROLONG for Kids

:  to make longer than usual or expected <Medicines prolonged his life.>


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