Meaning of “protracted” in the English Dictionary

"protracted" in British English

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protractedadjective

uk /prəˈtræk.tɪd/ us /prəˈtræk.tɪd/
protract
verb [ T ] uk /prəˈtrækt/ us /prəˈtrækt/ formal

I have no desire to protract the process.
protraction
noun [ U ] uk /prəˈtræk.ʃən/ us /prəˈtræk.ʃən/ formal

(Definition of “protracted” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"protracted" in American English

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protractedadjective

us /proʊˈtræk·tɪd/

lasting for a long time, or made to continue longer than necessary:

Their protracted legal battle may soon be resolved.

(Definition of “protracted” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)