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3 definitions found
 for lengthening
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lengthen \Length"en\ (-'n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lengthened
     (-'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Lengthening (-'n*[i^]ng).]
     To extent in length; to make longer in extent or duration;
     as, to lengthen a line or a road; to lengthen life; --
     sometimes followed by out.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           What if I please to lengthen out his date. --Dryden.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  lengthening
      n 1: the act of prolonging something; "there was an indefinite
           prolongation of the peace talks" [syn: prolongation,
           protraction, perpetuation, lengthening]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  48 Moby Thesaurus words for "lengthening":
     continualness, continuance, continuation, continuity, crescendoing,
     crescent, elongation, endurance, expanding, extension, growing,
     increasing, incremental, intensifying, lingering, maintenance,
     multiplying, on the increase, perpetuation, perseverance,
     persistence, procrastination, production, progress, progression,
     proliferating, prolongation, protraction, pursuance, repetition,
     run, snowballing, spreading, staying power, straight course,
     strain, stretch, stretching, stringing out, sustained action,
     sustenance, swelling, tension, tightening, uninterrupted course,
     unremittingness, waxing, way
  
  

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