To protract something is to stretch it out. If you have a disagreement with a friend that you continue for weeks and weeks, you are protracting the argument.

Protract can also mean to draw a plan to scale. Basically when you protract something, you draw it out. You may remember from geometry that a protractor is a device used to draw exact angles. A protractor allows you to protract a plan for the perfect catapult — perfect to use to end a protracted battle.

Definitions of protract

v lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer

draw out, extend, prolong
carry, extend
continue or extend
prolong the time allowed for payment of
temporise, temporize
draw out a discussion or process in order to gain time
spin, spin out
prolong or extend
Type of:
make longer

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