Something protracted has been drawn out, usually in a tedious way. Protracted things are long and seem like they're never going to end.

Anything protracted is lasting longer than you would like. A speech that seems to go on forever is protracted. If an employer and a union can't reach an agreement, there could be a protracted strike. Before a movie, the previews are almost always protracted — they never seem to stop. If something is long and annoying, and there's no good reason it couldn't be shorter, it's protracted.

Definitions of protracted

adj relatively long in duration; tediously protracted

protracted negotiations”
drawn-out, extended, lengthy, prolonged
primarily temporal sense; being or indicating a relatively great or greater than average duration or passage of time or a duration as specified

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