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  1. simple past tense and past participle of protract


protracted (comparative more protracted, superlative most protracted)

  1. Lasting for a long time or longer than expected or usual.
    Synonyms: long-drawn-out; see also Thesaurus:lasting
    a protracted and bitter dispute
    • 1853, Charles Dickens, Bleak House, ch 5:
      ... inheritance of protracted misery ...
    • 2019 May 12, Alex McLevy, “Westeros faces a disastrous final battle on the penultimate Game of Thrones (newbies)”, in The A.V. Club[1]:
      The gleefully sadistic killer pushes Jaime into a fight, telling him that he slept with Cersei, and after a protracted struggle, even sinks his blade into Jaime’s side. But it turns out that a metal hand can be valuable in battle, after all, and Jaime uses it to help sink his own sword into Euron’s stomach