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Meaning of “lengthen” in the English Dictionary

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lengthenverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈleŋ.θən/
C1 to make something ​longer, or to ​becomelonger: I'll have to lengthen this ​skirt. lengthening ​waitinglists If you lengthen something, or it lengthens, it ​takeslonger to ​happen: There is a ​plan to lengthen the three-year ​course to four ​years.
Opposite
(Definition of lengthen from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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lengthenverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈleŋk·θən, ˈleŋ-/
  • lengthen verb [I/T] (DISTANCE)

to make something ​longer, or to ​becomelonger: [T] I’ll have to lengthen this ​skirt. [I] In the late ​afternoon, the ​shadows of the ​haystacks lengthened.
  • lengthen verb [I/T] (TIME)

to make something take ​longer to ​happen, or to ​becomelonger: [T] There is a ​plan to lengthen the ​summertheaterworkshop to eight ​weeks.
(Definition of lengthen from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “lengthen”
in Arabic يُطيل…
in Korean 길게하다…
in Portuguese encompridar, prolongar…
in Catalan allargar(-se)…
in Japanese ~を長くする…
in Chinese (Simplified) 延长,拉长,加长, 变长, 推迟…
in Turkish uzamak, uzatmak…
in Russian удлинять(ся)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 延長,拉長,加長, 變長, 推遲…
in Italian allungare, allungarsi…
in Polish przedłużać (się), wydłużać (się)…
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