Simple Definition of extend
: to cause (something, such as your arm or leg) to straighten out or to stretch out
: to become longer or to be able to become longer
: to continue in a specified direction or over a specified distance, space, or time
Full Definition of extend
1 : to spread or stretch forth : unbend <extended both her arms>
2 a : to stretch out to fullest length b : to cause (as a horse) to move at full stride c : to exert (oneself) to full capacity <could work long and hard without seeming to extend himself> d (1) : to increase the bulk of (as by adding a cheaper substance or a modifier) (2) : adulterate
3 [Middle English, from Medieval Latin extendere (from Latin) or Anglo-French estendre, from Old French] a British : to take possession of (as lands) by a writ of extent b obsolete : to take by force
4 a : to make the offer of : proffer <extending aid to the needy> <extending their greetings> b : to make available <extending credit to customers>
5 a : to cause to reach (as in distance or scope) <national authority was extended over new territories> b : to cause to be longer : prolong <extend the side of a triangle> <extended their visit another day>; also : to prolong the time of payment of c : advance, further <extending her potential through job training>
6 a : to cause to be of greater area or volume : enlarge <extended the patio to the back of the house> b : to increase the scope, meaning, or application of : broaden <beauty, I suppose, opens the heart, extends the consciousness — Algernon Blackwood> c archaic : exaggerate
1 : to stretch out in distance, space, or time : reach <their jurisdiction extended over the whole area>
2 : to reach in scope or application <his concern extends beyond mere business to real service to his customers>
Examples of extend
He extended a hand in greeting.
sitting with both legs fully extended
The table measures eight feet long when it is fully extended.
The table extends to eight feet in length.
The woods extend for miles to the west.
Their knowledge of the family's history extends back to colonial times.
Their influence extends well beyond their immediate circle of friends.
His popularity extends from coast to coast.
Origin of extend
Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French estendre, from Latin extendere, from ex- + tendere to stretch — more at thin
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of extend
Rhymes with extend
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