Definition of prolonged adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

prolonged

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//prəˈlɒŋd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prəˈlɔːŋd//
 
, NAmE//prəˈlɑːŋd//
 
 
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continuing for a long time a prolonged illness a prolonged period of dry weather the effects of prolonged exposure to the sun In many parts of the country, frosts were severe and prolonged.Extra examples Prolonged repetitive movements can cause inflammation of the joint. The drug becomes less effective after prolonged use. There were prolonged spells of dry weather.
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