Definition of lengthen in English:



  • 1Make or become longer.

    [with object] ‘she lengthened her stride to catch up’
    [no object] ‘in the spring when the days are lengthening’
    ‘the lengthening shadows’
    • ‘Whether one side has ‘more of it’ or ‘less of it’ becomes increasingly significant as the struggle lengthens.’
    • ‘He says that if this changes and as the burden of disease grows with an increasingly elderly population, Scotland may see its waiting times lengthen.’
    • ‘In-flight medical emergencies are likely to increase as air travel continues to expand and life expectancy lengthens.’
    • ‘As the list of lies lengthens, the insult to us expands.’
    • ‘Then, as the candles burnt and the shadows lengthened, we started to think about it properly.’
    • ‘The shadows were just barely lengthening and Kristram looked at me in disbelief.’
    • ‘However, the sun had distorted the shadow, lengthening it.’
    • ‘She leaned forward and Hope immediately lengthened her strides and stretched forward.’
    • ‘His strides lengthened and he picked up his pace, as if eager to reach our destination.’
    • ‘December 21st gives us the longest night of the year, then the days lengthen and daylight increases.’
    • ‘My stride lengthened and I regulated my breathing as my track coach had taught me.’
    • ‘The assailant was wearing a hooded cloak and the setting sun had lengthened the shadow covering his face.’
    • ‘As the chain lengthens, uncertainty increases both risk and exposure.’
    • ‘Half an hour had already passed, and the shadows lengthened as the sun sunk into the horizon.’
    • ‘There are jobs to be done as days lengthen and the rate of growth increases.’
    • ‘As the afternoon shadows lengthen, the gradient starts to ease and our progress becomes more assured.’
    • ‘Outside, shadows lengthened across the ground, as the day wore on into early afternoon.’
    • ‘I have short lashes and this lengthens and thickens them.’
    • ‘Slowly, his strides lengthened without his pace getting quicker.’
    • ‘Our response to disappointment has not been to lengthen our stride but to shorten the distance to be covered.’
    grow longer, get longer, draw out, stretch
    prolong, make longer, increase, extend, expand, protract, stretch out, draw out, drag out, spin out
    elongate, make longer, stretch out, extend
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    1. 1.1Prosody Phonetics [with object]Make (a vowel or syllable) long.
      • ‘As far as Sanskrit is concerned, the most important of these is that a macron above a vowel serves to lengthen it, roughly doubling the length of the sound.’
      • ‘It places more or less equal stress on all syllables, usually with the final syllable of a tone unit somewhat lengthened.’
      • ‘The objection here is to lengthening short vowels; this is not a feature of Koranic recitation today except in very restricted contexts.’