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- n. a type of sound change when a sound (especially a vowel) lengthens
- v. Present participle of lengthen.
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- n. the act of prolonging something
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It sounds counter-intuitive, but extending the term lengthening the lease might solve your current problems with the lease.
A little perspective and a dollop of humility will go a long way in lengthening a career.
And luckily, my biggest error to date was regarding CC's "term lengthening to three terms" meaning "a life time pension" for those who go the distance, when it is actually means "a life time of 'Health Care' benefits".
The twilight, lengthening from the shortest day a fortnight before, was but just sufficient to reveal the outline of objects.
This had its reflex, to some extent, in lengthening the Conference by discussion of the method that should be adopted for parliamentary procedure.
It, however, succeeded in lengthening the voyage four days.
While we aren't thrilled about the idea of lengthening the election season, we think it's the best way to address the situation until technological advances make overseas voting less cumbersome.
But a person familiar with the BOJ's thinking said that some central bankers aren't sure whether taking further easing steps such as lengthening the loan duration is worth it, considering the trouble it could cause for money markets.
Some policy makers had suggested before the meeting that they favored other approaches, such as lengthening the terms of the loans the central bank makes to commercial banks -- a step the ECB also announced.
It would seem to be by reason of this twofold nature (vowel and consonant) that I has its 'lengthening' power.
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