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lengthen

length·en

lengthen

 
 
pronunciation:
lengk thn
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
inflections: lengthened, lengthening, lengthens
definition: to make or become longer.
If the sleeves are too short, we can lengthen them.They lengthened the school year by one week.Our noses lengthen as we age.
synonyms:
elongate, extend, prolong, protract, stretch
antonyms:
abbreviate, abridge, condense, curtail, shorten, truncate
similar words:
draw out, enlarge, expand, increase
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derivation: lengthener (n.)
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