V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to lengthen in extent or duration; 2. to cause something to last longer

Synonyms: lengthen, extend, continue, stretch, elongate, protract

Antonyms: shorten, hasten

Tips: When you prolong something, you make it longer. It is usually used in reference to dragging something out for a longer period than necessary. If something is prolonged (adjective), it is continued for an extended period of time. Prolong is synonymous with protract. See protracted for additional analysis.

Usage Examples:

I wanted to prolong my vacation, but unfortunately, I had to get back to the office. (extend, continue)

Our prolonged good-bye kiss didn't make it any easier for me to leave him. (extended, dragged out) adjective

I tried to prolong the effects of my professional teeth whitening by abstaining from coffee and red wine. (extend, lengthen)

It is unknown whether prolonged use of this drug will have detrimental effects on the body, as it has only been tested for a few years. (continued, extended) adjective

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