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length·en

lengthen

 
 
pronunciation:
lengk thn
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part of speech: verb
inflections: lengthens, lengthening, lengthened
definition: to make or become longer.
She lengthened the rope by tying two pieces together.Daylight lengthens in the summer months.
synonyms:
extend, prolong, stretch
antonyms:
abbreviate, abridge, condense, shorten
similar words:
draw out, expand, increase
derivation: lengthener (n.)
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The word lengthen contains the following part:
-en1 Old English verb-forming suffix that means to cause to be or become or have
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The suffix -en1 forms verbs from monosyllabic English adjectives.