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I'm looking for a synonym for dragged on.

For example:

This project has dragged on and needs to be completed.

His story was very long, it just dragged on.

I have used languished in the past, although I don't think that is correct usage.

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    The past tense of "to drag" is "dragged" not "drug". Mar 6 '19 at 16:50
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Protract is a decent word choice. To protract is:

To draw out or lengthen in time; prolong: disputants who needlessly protracted the negotiations.

To fit your two suggested sentences, I would re-word them as follows:

This project has been protracted and needs to be completed.

His story was very long, and it protracted for what seemed like forever.

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on and on TFD an idiom

continuously and perpetually, without stopping.

As in:

His story went on and on.

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