elongate

verb
elon·​gate | \ i-ˈlȯŋ-ˌgāt How to pronounce elongate (audio) , (ˌ)ē-, ˈē-ˌlȯŋ- \
elongated; elongating

Definition of elongate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to extend the length of

intransitive verb

: to grow in length

elongate

adjective
\ i-ˈlȯŋ-ˌgā-təd How to pronounce elongate (audio) , (ˌ)ē-, ˈē-ˌlȯŋ- \
variants: or elongated

Definition of elongate (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : stretched out
2 : slender

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Synonyms & Antonyms for elongate

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

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Elongate is often found in scientific writing, but the adjective elongated is more common, and frequently used to describe body parts in discussions of anatomy. This was even the case when the superhero Elongated Man made his appearance back in 1960. But some other characters with the same powers—Plastic Man, Elastic Lad, and Mr. Fantastic—ended up having longer careers.

Examples of elongate in a Sentence

Verb These stretching exercises can help elongate your leg muscles. New medical procedures have elongated the careers of many athletes. Adjective the giraffe's elongate neck is thought to be the result of natural selection
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Texas plans to add Fridays to elongate those weekends. Matt Wyatt, San Antonio Express-News, "Big changes coming to Texas' 2021-22 hunting seasons," 1 Apr. 2021 The Berkshire Rubberwood Dining Table in particular has legs that can be pulled out to elongate the table up to 72 inches. Sanah Faroke, Better Homes & Gardens, "8 Best Dining Tables for Small Spaces That’ll Make Your Room Feel Larger Than It Is," 30 Mar. 2021 This option from Free People mixes eyelet lace and cotton tiers for that cottagecore drama, while the V-neck silhouette helps to elongate even the most petite ladies. Noelle Ike, CNN Underscored, "Meet the nap dress, an ultra-comfortable WFH staple we’re obsessed with," 24 Mar. 2021 But there are some exercises that elongate the neck, as well as release tension. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "The Best Neck Creams That Tighten and Firm," 23 Dec. 2020 To help elongate, Cheng recommends concentrating mascara on the outer corners for an eye-widening, wing-accenting curve. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "6 Cat Eyeliner Tricks to Make Your Eyes Look Bigger and More Striking," 27 Nov. 2020 Soon, an AmaCo technician will click a button to elongate those needles, cleaving through flesh and bone. Lexi Pandell, Wired, "The Future of Work: ‘Remembrance,’ by Lexi Pandell," 20 Nov. 2020 Several studies using pharmacological drugs, such as danazol, have been shown to elongate telomeres. Tim Childers, Popular Mechanics, "It Sure Looks Like Humans Have Found a Way to Reverse Aging," 19 Nov. 2020 Or try a pair of high-waist super skinny jeans which will hug in all the right places, like this pair of DL1961 Instasculpt jeans, which are specifically engineered to elongate your form and enhance curves while lifting your butt. Kami Phillips, CNN Underscored, "How to shop for your perfect pair of jeans online," 16 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of elongate

Verb

1578, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Adjective

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for elongate

Verb

Late Latin elongatus, past participle of elongare to withdraw, from Latin e- + longus

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Time Traveler for elongate

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The first known use of elongate was in 1578

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11 Apr 2021

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“Elongate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elongate. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for elongate

elongate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of elongate

: to make (something) longer or to grow longer

elongate

verb
elon·​gate | \ i-ˈlȯŋ-ˌgāt How to pronounce elongate (audio) \
elongated; elongating

Kids Definition of elongate

: to make or grow longer

elongate

verb
elon·​gate | \ i-ˈlȯŋ-ˌgāt How to pronounce elongate (audio) \
elongated; elongating

Medical Definition of elongate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to extend the length of

intransitive verb

: to grow in length

elongate

adjective
variants: or elongated

Medical Definition of elongate (Entry 2 of 2)

: long in proportion to width

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