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lengthen

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈleŋ.θən/ us  
C1 to make something longer, or to become longer: I'll have to lengthen this skirt. lengthening waiting lists If you lengthen something, or it lengthens, it takes longer to happen: There is a plan to lengthen the three-year course to four years.
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Translations of “lengthen”
in Korean 길게하다…
in Arabic يُطيل…
in Portuguese encompridar, prolongar…
in Catalan allargar(-se)…
in Japanese ~を長くする…
in Italian allungare, allungarsi…
in Chinese (Traditional) 延長,拉長,加長, 變長, 推遲…
in Russian удлинять(ся)…
in Turkish uzamak, uzatmak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 延长,拉长,加长, 变长, 推迟…
in Polish przedłużać (się), wydłużać (się)…
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