Adjective "prolonging" definition and examples

(Prolonging may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Extend the duration of.
  1. 'This prolongs its life span and increases the duration of its procoagulant function.'
  2. 'Thus a diver may be tempted to prolong underwater duration by prior hyperventilation in order to wash out as much carbon dioxide as possible.'
  3. 'The addition of a vasoconstrictor, such as epinephrine, constricts blood vessels and reduces vascular uptake, which further prolongs the duration of the anesthetic.'
  4. 'Magdalene had made it clear that she wanted everything done to prolong her survival.'
  5. 'In fact, only a delay, which occurred last fall, has prolonged the continued debate.'
  6. 'Ice saline lavage does not serve a useful purpose and may prolong bleeding.'
  7. 'Yet, for many people, science has artificially prolonged the dying process.'
  8. 'The latter is known to be due to the fact that hypocalcemia prolongs the duration of phase two of the action potential of cardiac muscle.'
  9. 'Saying you're really busy for the next while only prolongs the agony.'
  10. 'Furthermore, advances in technology that needlessly prolong dying can be a threat to human dignity.'
  11. 'the line of his lips was prolonged in a short red scar'

More definitions

1. to lengthen out in time; extend the duration of; cause to continue longer: to prolong one's stay abroad.

2. to make longer in spatial extent: to prolong a line.

More examples(as adjective)

"sufferings can be prolonging."

"rules can be prolonging."

"lives can be prolonging."


(prolong)Late Middle English: from Old French prolonguer, from late Latin prolongare, from pro- ‘forward, onward’ + longus ‘long’.