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Lengthen definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

LENGTH'EN, v.t. length'n.
1. To extend in length; to make longer; to elongate; as, to lengthen a line.
2. To draw out or extend in time; to protract; to continue in duration; as, to lengthen life. The days lengthen from December to June.
3. To extend; as, to lengthen a discourse or a dissertation.
4. To draw out in pronunciation; as, to lengthen a sound or a syllable. This verb is often followed by out, which may be sometimes emphatical, but in general is useless.
What if I please to lengthen out his date?
LENGTH'EN, v.i. To grow longer; to extend in length. A hempen rope contracts when wet, and lengthens when dry.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: make longer; "Lengthen this skirt, please" [ant: shorten]
2: become long or longer; "In Spring, the days lengthen" [ant: shorten]

Merriam Webster's

verb (lengthened; lengthening) Date: 14th century transitive verb to make longer intransitive verb to grow longer Synonyms: see extend lengthener noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. 1 tr. & intr. make or become longer. 2 tr. make (a vowel) long. Derivatives: lengthener n.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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. What if I please to lengthen out his date. --Dryden.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Lengthen Length"en, v. i. To become longer. --Locke.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(lengthens, lengthening, lengthened) 1. When something lengthens or when you lengthen it, it increases in length. The evening shadows were lengthening... She began to walk faster, but he lengthened his stride to keep up with her... ? shorten VERB: V, V n 2. When something lengthens or when you lengthen it, it lasts for a longer time than it did previously. Vacations have lengthened and the work week has shortened... The council does not support lengthening the school day to fit in other activities. ? shorten VERB: V, V n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. a. 1. Elongate, extend (in space), stretch, draw out, produce, prolong. 2. Protract, continue, prolong, extend (in time), spin out. II. v. n. Become longer, grow longer, increase in length.

Moby Thesaurus

add to, aggrandize, amplify, augment, boost, broaden, build, build up, continue, dawdle, drag out, draw, draw out, dwell on, elongate, enlarge, exalt, expand, extend, fatten, fill out, hike, hike up, hold, increase, inflate, jack up, jump up, keep, keep alive, keep going, keep up, lengthen out, let out, linger on, maintain, maximize, parlay, perpetuate, preserve, procrastinate, produce, prolong, prolongate, protract, pull, put up, pyramid, raise, retain, spin out, strain, stretch, stretch out, string out, sustain, tauten, temporize, tense, thicken, tighten, up


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