To prolong something is to make it last longer than normal. Sometimes people prolong a fight or argument by refusing to stop.

  • He tried to prolong the argument by refusing to listen.

  • The party was prolonging the party by playing music all night.

Definition of prolong


lengthen or extend in duration or space


keep up, sustain


lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer


draw out, extend, protract

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Example Sentences for prolong

  • 1

    It was the prolongation of the Great Depression.

  • 2

    Shooting of the film was prolonged.

  • 3

    The ovations were prolonged.

  • 4

    This is due to prolongation of the interval.

  • 5

    Monetary tightening may prolong.

  • 6

    The initial success of the play was not prolonged.

  • 7

    The jet prolongation of is the map defined by.

  • 8

    The prolongation of a occupation does not legitimise it.

  • 9

    The result was the infinite prolongation of the sound.

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    The road was prolonged to Larache in 1996.