elongate

1 of 2

verb

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

transitive verb

: to extend the length of

intransitive verb

: to grow in length

elongate

2 of 2

adjective

elon·​gate i-ˈlȯŋ-ˌgāt How to pronounce elongate (audio)
(ˌ)ē-,
ˈē-ˌlȯŋ-
variants or elongated
i-ˈlȯŋ-ˌgā-təd How to pronounce elongate (audio)
(ˌ)ē-,
ˈē-ˌlȯŋ-
1
: stretched out
2

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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
Since then, expansion work has elongated the highway, also known as state Route 24, to just over five miles. Madeline Nguyen, The Arizona Republic, 13 May 2024 That fits with Bauman's drive to elongate the theatergoing lifespan for individuals. Jim Higgins, Journal Sentinel, 8 May 2024 The weather service said supercells — large thunderstorms with deep and persistent rotating updrafts that look like tall storm clouds with anvils or elongated clouds at the top — are possible and could produce all types of severe weather. Robert A. Cronkleton, Kansas City Star, 16 Apr. 2024 And Stone stepped out in pristine wide-leg trousers that elongated her figure for Paris Fashion Week, proving that white pants can make an impact for more elegant affairs. Jennifer Chan, Peoplemag, 14 Apr. 2024 For athletes whose sports require major flexibility—such as dancing, gymnastics, and ice skating—regular stretching over months and years can elongate muscles and greatly increase range of motion. Emma Yasinski, TIME, 11 Apr. 2024 The fish-eating bat, meanwhile, has elongated feet for raking the surface of the water to catch fish and crustaceans. Krista Stevens, Longreads, 11 Apr. 2024 His movement has certainly been compromised by two major hip surgeries that have elongated his career but at the same time given him a rather rigid android-like quality. Tim Ellis, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 It’s designed to provide a seamless transition between breastfeeding and sucking on a pacifier, so the nipple shape is more elongated and the mouth shield is wide and domed. Sarah Bradley, Parents, 1 Mar. 2024
Adjective
Some feature high waists to elongate legs or pleats to conjure old-school élan worthy of Cary Grant. Charlie Teasdale, WSJ, 21 Nov. 2023 The fragment, which was cleaved from its fecal parent with a pair of wire cutters, resembles a chunk of light-colored concrete with darker, elongate inclusions that Chin recognizes as bone. Karen Wright, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 The elongate white flower clusters (occasionally pale pink) support pollinators, and inky-black berries ripen by late summer or autumn. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 21 July 2023 This can help keep walls clear and elongate high ceilings, as exemplified in this kitchen designed by Andrea Pietragallo of Britt Design Studio. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 30 Mar. 2023 The small lake sits in the slightly elongate rift area where the eruption occurred. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 24 June 2011

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

1578, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Adjective

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of elongate was in 1578

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Cite this Entry

“Elongate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elongate. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

elongate

1 of 2 verb
elon·​gate i-ˈlȯŋ-ˌgāt How to pronounce elongate (audio)
elongated; elongating
: to make or grow longer
elongation
(ˌ)ē-ˌlȯŋ-ˈgā-shən
noun

elongate

2 of 2 adjective
variants or elongated
i-ˈlȯŋ-ˌgāt-əd
: stretched out
especially : being much greater in length than in width

Medical Definition

elongate

1 of 2 verb
elon·​gate i-ˈlȯŋ-ˌgāt How to pronounce elongate (audio)
elongated; elongating

transitive verb

: to extend the length of

intransitive verb

: to grow in length

elongate

2 of 2 adjective
variants or elongated
: long in proportion to width

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