continuing for a longer time than is wanted or necessary [= protracted]:
The official enquiry was a long-drawn-out process.
WORD FOCUS: long WORD FOCUS: long continuing for a long time:lengthy continuing for much too long:interminable, marathon, endless, long-winded, long-drawn-out, protracted continuing for a long time and not changing:permanent, lasting, lifelong when feelings last for a long time:lingering, abiding, enduring, lasting ➔ See alsolong
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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