Lengthen Length"en (-'n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lengthened} (-'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Lengthening} (-'n*[i^]ng).] 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. [1913 Webster]

What if I please to lengthen out his date. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

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