Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

Thesaurus

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




Learn More about extend


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up extend? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 8, 2016

to clear from accusation or blame

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

spindrift pince-nez kittly-benders duvet
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ