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extend

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of extend

  1. 1 to make longer <our guests from out of town extended their visit by a week> Synonyms drag (out), draw out, elongate, lengthen, outstretch, prolong, protract, stretch Related Words amplify, enlarge, expand, increase; attenuate, thin Near Antonyms decrease, diminish, lessen, reduce; thicken Antonyms abbreviate, abridge, curtail, cut, cut back, shorten

  2. 2 to put before another for acceptance or consideration <the couple extended an invitation to join them for a get-together at their house after the concert> Synonyms offer, give, proffer, tender, trot outRelated Words pose, propose; hold out; give in, submit; volunteerNear Antonyms accept, receive, take; accredit, approbate, approve, authorize, clear, confirm, finalize, formalize, homologate, OK (or okay), ratify, sanction, warrant; decline, deny, disallow, disapprove, negative, reject, turn down, veto; rebuff, rebut, refuse, spurn; retract, withdraw; disregard, ignore, neglect, overlook

  3. 3 to arrange the parts of (something) over a wider area <you can extend that chaise longue so that it lies completely flat> Synonyms expand, open, fan (out), flare (out), outspread, outstretch, spread (out), stretch (out), unfold, unfurlRelated Words overspreadNear Antonyms compact, compress, condense, reduceAntonyms close, contract, fold

  4. 4 to be positioned along a certain course or in a certain direction <our backyard extends all the way to that brook> Synonyms bear, run, go, head, lead, lieRelated Words cross, cut, pass; course, follow, span, traverse

  5. 5 to make greater in size, amount, or number <embarked on a series of wars intended to extend his empire> Synonyms accelerate, add (to), aggrandize, amplify, augment, boost, build up, compound, enlarge, escalate, expand, increase, hype, multiply, pump up, raise, swell, stoke, supersize, upRelated Words boom, jump, skyrocket, spike; bump (up), ratchet (up) also rachet (up); blow up, dilate, distend, inflate; draw out, elongate, flesh (out), lengthen, prolong, protract, stretch; develop, enhance, heighten, intensify, magnify; complement, supplement; beef (up), reinforce (also reenforce), strengthen; maximize; accumulate, amass, collect; follow up, parlayNear Antonyms abbreviate, abridge, curtail, shorten; compress, condense, constrict, contract; cut back, retrenchAntonyms abate, decrease, de-escalate, diminish, downsize, dwindle, lessen, lower, minify, reduce, subtract (from)

  6. 6 to alter (something) for the worse with the addition of foreign or lower-grade substances <the company extends its ice cream with thickeners and other additives> Synonyms cut, dilute, adulterate, lace, sophisticate, thin, water down, weakenRelated Words load; befoul, contaminate, corrupt, defile, dirty, envenom, foul, infect, poison, pollute, soil, spoil, sully, taint; cheapen, debase, degrade; manipulate, misrepresent, tamper (with); counterfeit, fake, falsify, fudge; doctor, spike; attenuate, moderate, qualify, temperNear Antonyms fertilize, lard; augment, reinforce (also reenforce), supplement; decontaminate, purify; clarify, clean, cleanse, distill (also distil), filter, flush, leach, pasteurize, purge, refine; better, enhance, improve; compact, concentrate, condenseAntonyms enrich, fortify, richen, strengthen




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