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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In every other direction, the emptiness seemed to elongate, growing bluer and more chilled. Suzannah Showler, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 Off star and Oscar winner to elongate the swear in such a dramatic way. Clark Collis, EW.com, 22 Apr. 2022 Tucked at the center of the exhibition are perhaps the most intimate and revealing images of Kahlo, showing her painting in bed with an inventive supine easel over her, her chin strapped to a contraption that helped elongate her spine. Lauren Warnecke, chicagotribune.com, 6 Apr. 2022 To elongate your already tall ceilings, hang a pendant light high above the sitting area. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 13 Apr. 2022 Foods here are often fermented or dried to elongate their shelf life. Misbaah Mansuri, Chron, 25 Mar. 2022 In the comics, Kamala's main superpower is the ability to elongate herself, stretching parts (or all) of her body to extraordinary lengths. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 15 Mar. 2022 At the same time, elongate your neck and tip your chin down a little bit. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 27 Jan. 2022 Her characters whisper, shout, elongate a vowel or express rhythmic cadence, allowing language to escape the familiar. New York Times, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of elongate was in 1578

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Dictionary Entries Near elongate

Elon

elongate

elongate nut shell

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17 May 2022

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“Elongate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elongate. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for elongate

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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