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

 

protracted

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//prəˈtræktɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prəˈtræktɪd//
 
, also NAmE//proʊˈtræktɪd//
 
(formal)
 
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lasting longer than expected or longer than usual synonym prolonged protracted delays/disputes/negotiations A protracted strike carries a high risk of violence. There followed a protracted series of legal wrangles.
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