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      vb   tr  
1    to lengthen or extend (a speech, etc.); prolong in time  
2    (of a muscle) to draw, thrust, or extend (a part, etc.) forwards  
3    to plot or draw using a protractor and scale  
     (C16: from Latin protrahere to prolong, from pro-1 + trahere to drag)  
   protractedly             adv  
  protractedness      n  
  protractive      adj  
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