One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he followed her, lengthening his stride to keep up’
elongate, make longer, stretch out, extend
expand, widen, broaden, enlarge
2‘they flower in the spring when the days are lengthening’
grow longer, get longer, draw out, stretch
3‘you'll need to lengthen the cooking time’
prolong, make longer, increase, extend, expand, protract, stretch out, draw out, drag out, spin out
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