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PROLONGED

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does prolonged mean? 

PROLONGED (adjective)
  The adjective PROLONGED has 3 senses:

1. relatively long in duration; tediously protracted
2. drawn out or made longer spatially
3. (of illness) developing slowly or of long duration

  Familiarity information: PROLONGED used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PROLONGED (adjective)


Sense 1prolonged [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Relatively long in duration; tediously protracted

Synonyms:

prolonged; lengthy; extended; drawn-out; protracted

Context examples:

a drawn-out argument / an extended discussion / a lengthy visit from her mother-in-law / a prolonged and bitter struggle / protracted negotiations

Similar:

long (primarily temporal sense; being or indicating a relatively great or greater than average duration or passage of time or a duration as specified)


Sense 2prolonged [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Drawn out or made longer spatially

Synonyms:

elongated; lengthened; prolonged; extended

Context examples:

Picasso's elongated Don Quixote / lengthened skirts are fashionable this year / the extended airport runways can accommodate larger planes / a prolonged black line across the page

Similar:

long (primarily spatial sense; of relatively great or greater than average spatial extension or extension as specified)


Sense 3prolonged [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of illness) developing slowly or of long duration

Similar:

chronic (being long-lasting and recurrent or characterized by long suffering)


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