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

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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 Instead of elongating legs and creating an hourglass silhouette, the clothes make legs look stumpy and the torso thick. National Geographic, "The idea of beauty is always shifting. Today, it’s more inclusive than ever.," 7 Jan. 2020 The Lions led most of the game, until two questionable penalties on Trey Flowers elongated fourth-quarter Packers scoring drives. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Barry Sanders still fumes at Detroit Lions' Week 6 loss to Packers: 'I felt robbed'," 29 Jan. 2020 But that’s when the lingering slow boarders elongate the tail and drag the process out, and the fast-first policy finishes second. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Math Proves the Fastest, Most Efficient Way to Board a Plane," 16 Jan. 2020 Wall Stretch The runner’s wall stretch is a great way to stretch and elongate the muscles in the back of your leg. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "What is plantar fasciitis? And what can you do to relieve the pain?," 16 July 2019 Subsequent drops of black paint will be in different stages of the same transformation: stretching, elongating, getting incorporated into the graying body of the paint. Quanta Magazine, "Mathematicians Prove Universal Law of Turbulence," 4 Feb. 2020 But unlike a stripe that visually elongates a room, chevron is zigzaggy and assaulting. Elizabeth Mayhew, Washington Post, "6 decorating trends that need to die," 31 Dec. 2019 In villages in the Schwarzwald, there are sneering houses: the little window in the roof is elongated like a sly eye. Vladimir Nabokov, The New Yorker, "Man and Things," 8 Nov. 2019 Lakshmi dighal, Rani kajal and Jabra can elongate their stems as floodwaters rise, keeping their seed-bearing panicles above water up to four meters deep. Debal Deb, Scientific American, "The Struggle to Save Heirloom Rice in India," 16 Oct. 2019

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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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Last Updated

27 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Elongate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elongate. Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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More Definitions for elongate

elongate

verb
How to pronounce elongate (audio)

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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