What does the word protract mean?

Usage examples for protract

  1. She had, she thought, the right to protract this one interview. – The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason
  2. Captain Crowe scowled now; this was still the affair of the shingles, and it had been of enough consequence two days before to protract a conversation through two long hours. – The Life of Nancy by Sarah Orne Jewett
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