• WordNet 3.6
    • adj protracted relatively long in duration; tediously protracted "a drawn-out argument","an extended discussion","a lengthy visit from her mother-in-law","a prolonged and bitter struggle","protracted negotiations"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Protracted Prolonged; continued.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • p.adj Protracted drawn out in time: tedious: prolonged: postponed
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  • Sri Swami Sivananda
    Sri Swami Sivananda
    “Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “Our pleasures are short, and can only charm at intervals; love is a method of protraction our greatest pleasure.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “Delay always breeds danger; and to protract a great design is often to ruin it.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—pro, forth, trahĕre, to draw.


In literature:

Why do I seek to drag on an existence, which, if protracted, must be protracted amidst the lairs of these human tigers?
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
After a protracted pause he delivered his mature judgment.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 156, Feb. 26, 1919" by Various
The play is a protracted debate in four sessions, June, 1914; July, 1914; August, 1914; September, 1916.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 153, Nov. 28, 1917" by Various
The cases of visions following protracted wakefulness are well known, and I have collected a few of them myself.
"Inquiries into Human Faculty and Its Development" by Francis Galton
All these occurrences, united to the protracted absence of Mark, made Bridget and Anne extremely unhappy.
"The Crater" by James Fenimore Cooper
The consequence was, a violent and protracted war.
"History of Julius Caesar" by Jacob Abbott
Remonstrances were made, and the session was protracted till evening.
"Among the Trees at Elmridge" by Ella Rodman Church
We shall instead give as briefly as possible the general conclusions which we have reached as the result of our protracted investigation.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 514, November 7, 1885" by Various
The negotiations had been protracted.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume VI. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
He held a protracted meeting in the Rev.
"Eighty Years And More; Reminiscences 1815-1897" by Elizabeth Cady Stanton

In poetry:

Time who, when pleasure plumes his wing,
So swiftly speeds away;
Now seems to hover o'er the scene,
And to protract his stay.
"To Disappointment" by Elizabeth Bath
The gentle tones were drowned by shrill
And long-protracted cries;
The father on his darling gazed,
The child looked on the skies.
"The Child's Appeal" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
You'll love me yet!—and I can tarry
Your love's protracted growing:
June reared that bunch of flowers you carry
From seeds of April's sowing.
"You'll Love Me Yet" by Robert Browning
You'll love me yet!—and I can tarry
Your love's protracted growing:
June reared that bunch of flowers you carry,
From seeds of April's sowing.
"Pippa Passes: Part III: Evening" by Robert Browning
Still is the event of this long war uncertain
Still do the adverse hosts on either side
Protract, with lingering caution, an encounter,
Which must to one be fatal.
"David And Goliath. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
"And, it had been indeed a crime
To leave him, had I known the time,
The fearful length of such delay,
Protracting but from day to day,
Which reach'd at length two tedious years
Of dark surmises and of fears!
"The Lay Of Marie - Canto Fourth" by Matilda Betham

In news:

But such a protracted campaign will take money, and the continued patience and wherewithal of his own backers.
The predictions are for a protracted outage.
Following settlement negotiations described as "hard fought," recreational vehicle manufacturers and victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita have reached a significant milestone in their protracted legal battle.
Israeli general sees " protracted days" of Gaza fighting.
Human rights and immigrant groups say there has been an increase in racist attacks in Greece over the last year, as the country struggles through a protracted financial crisis.
Justin Timberlake's wedding video leaked, protracted .
Clinton teachers protest protracted negotiations, 16 months after end of contract.
Youngest Guantanamo detainee returned to Canada, ending protracted legal saga.
Vermont 'B' Word Fight Likely to Be Protracted .
A Civil War status report after one year of protracted fighting.
Bills to Stop Web Piracy Invite a Protracted Battle.
The State Of The GOP Race: Are We In For A Protracted Primary Season.
After a protracted battle with cancer, Burns died today at age 58.
Protracted Contract Talks Fuel Dissension in DC Teachers Union.
She Wants Me 's exposition is delivered in a dizzying procession of twee affectations: green screens, split screens, animation, on-screen text, and the kind of protracted voice-over narration Margolies leans on like a crutch.

In science:

The prePolar now enters a possibly protracted era of period evolution governed solely by gravitational radiation and accreting by a magnetic siphon effect on the stellar wind.
New Low Accretion-Rate Magnetic Binary Systems and their Significance for the Evolution of Cataclysmic Variables
However, none of these approaches is guaranteed to avoid protracted search times if an exact answer is required, because bag generation is NPcomplete (Brew, 1992).
An Efficient Generation Algorithm for Lexicalist MT
After a protracted illness, Boris’s mother died around 1944.
Classical Chaos and its Quantum Manifestations
Even in relatively wide configurations, the cumulative chance for collisions between at least two of the stars during this protracted dance can be considerable.
The Starlab Environment for Dense Stellar Systems
Recent applications can even cope with the protracted time scales associated with the spontaneous self-assembly of lipids into a bilayer [ 115], or the formation of small vesicles [ 116].
Biological and synthetic membranes: What can be learned from a coarse-grained description?