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Definitions for lengthen
ˈlɛŋk θən, ˈlɛŋ-, ˈlɛn-length·en

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lengthenverb

    make longer

    "Lengthen this skirt, please"

  2. lengthenverb

    become long or longer

    "In Spring, the days lengthen"


  1. lengthenverb

    To make longer, to extend the length of.

  2. lengthenverb

    To become longer.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Lengthenverb

    Etymology: from length.

    Relaxing the fibres, is making them flexible, or easy to be lengthened without rupture. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    Falling dews with spangles deck’d the glade,
    And the low sun had lengthen’d ev’ry shade. Alexander Pope.

    Break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity. Dan. iv. 27.

    Frame your mind to mirth and merriment,
    Which bars a thousand harms, and lengthens life. William Shakespeare.

    It is in our power to secure to ourselves an interest in the divine mercies that are yet to come, and to lengthen the course of our present prosperity. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    The learned languages were less constrained in the quantity of every syllable, besides helps of grammatical figures for the lengthening or abbreviation of them. Dryden.

    What if I please to lengthen out his date
    A day, and take a pride to cozen fate. John Dryden, Aur.

    I’d hoard up every moment of my life,
    To lengthen out the payment of my tears. Dryden.

    It lengthens out every act of worship, and produces more lasting and permanent impressions in the mind, than those which accompany any transient form of words. Addison.

  2. To Lengthenverb

    To grow longer; to increase in length.

    One may as well make a yard, whose parts lengthen and shrink, as a measure of trade in materials, that have not always a settled value. John Locke.

    Still ’tis farther from its end;
    Still finds its error lengthen with its way. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lengthenverb

    to extent in length; to make longer in extent or duration; as, to lengthen a line or a road; to lengthen life; -- sometimes followed by out

  2. Lengthenverb

    to become longer

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. lengthen

    To extend in length; to make longer; to elongate; as, to lengthen a line of troops. To lengthen the step, to take more than the prescribed pace.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lengthen in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lengthen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of lengthen in a Sentence

  1. Charles de LEUSSE:

    The waves lengthen on the beach; Your hair on your back of an Angel. (Les vagues s'allongent sur la plage; Tes cheveux sur ton dos d'ange)

  2. Atlanta OB-GYN Dr. Katherine Babaliaros:

    You make hormones that allow your joints to become lax during pregnancy to help the pelvis accommodate the baby and allow you to deliver, but it also causes the arches of your feet to fall and the foot to lengthen between 2 and 10 millimeters.

  3. Latin Proverb:

    Do not lengthen the quarrel while there is an opportunity of escaping.

  4. Benjamin Franklin:

    To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.

  5. Jen Psaki:

    The president has made clear that he believes that through follow-on diplomacy, the United States seeks to lengthen and strengthen nuclear constraints on Iran and address other issues of concern. Iran must resume compliance with significant nuclear constraints under the deal in order for that to proceed, we would expect that some of his earlier conversations with foreign counterparts and foreign leaders will be with partners and allies and you would certainly anticipate that this would be part of the discussions.

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