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 for protract
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Protract \Pro*tract"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Protracted; p. pr.
     vb. n. Protracting.] [L. protractus, p. p. of protrahere to
     forth, protract; pro forward + trahere to draw. See
     Portrait, Portray.]
     1. To draw out or lengthen in time or (rarely) in space; to
        continue; to prolong; as, to protract an argument; to
        protract a war.
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     2. To put off to a distant time; to delay; to defer; as, to
        protract a decision or duty. --Shak.
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     3. (Surv.) To draw to a scale; to lay down the lines and
        angles of, with scale and protractor; to plot.
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     4. (Zool.) To extend; to protrude; as, the cat can protract
        its claws; -- opposed to retract.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Protract \Pro*tract"\, n. [L. protractus.]
     Tedious continuance or delay. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer; "We prolonged
           our stay"; "She extended her visit by another day"; "The
           meeting was drawn out until midnight" [syn: prolong,
           protract, extend, draw out]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  76 Moby Thesaurus words for "protract":
     adjourn, chatter, continue, dawdle, defer, delay, drag out, draw,
     draw out, dwell on, elongate, extend, fill out, hang fire, hang up,
     hold, hold off, hold over, hold up, keep, keep alive, keep going,
     keep up, lay aside, lay by, lay over, lengthen, lengthen out,
     let out, linger on, maintain, never finish, pad, perorate,
     perpetuate, pigeonhole, postpone, preserve, procrastinate, produce,
     prolong, prolongate, prorogate, prorogue, pull, push aside,
     put aside, put off, put on ice, recess, reserve, retain, run out,
     set aside, set by, shelve, shift off, sleep on, speak at length,
     spin out, stand over, stave off, stay, strain, stretch,
     stretch out, string out, suspend, sustain, table, take a recess,
     tauten, temporize, tense, tighten, waive

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