Pro·long v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prolonged p. pr. & vb. n. Prolonging.]
1. To extend in space or length; as, to prolong a line.
2. To lengthen in time; to extend the duration of; to draw out; to continue; as, to prolong one's days.
Prolong awhile the traitor's life. --Shak.
The unhappy queen with talk prolonged the night. --Dryden.
3. To put off to a distant time; to postpone.
adj 1: relatively long in duration; tediously protracted; "a
drawn-out argument"; "an extended discussion"; "a
lengthy visit from her mother-in-law"; "a prolonged
and bitter struggle"; "protracted negotiations" [syn:
drawn-out, extended, lengthy, protracted]
2: drawn out or made longer spatially; "Picasso's elongated Don
Quixote"; "lengthened skirts are fashionable this year";
"the extended airport runways can accommodate larger
planes"; "a prolonged black line across the page" [syn: elongated,
3: (of illness) developing slowly or of long duration