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elongate

verb elon·gate \ i-ˈlȯŋ-ˌgāt , (ˌ)ē- , ˈē-ˌlȯŋ- \

Definition of elongate

elongated; elongating
transitive verb
: to extend the length of
intransitive verb
: to grow in length

Examples of elongate in a Sentence

  1. These stretching exercises can help elongate your leg muscles.

  2. New medical procedures have elongated the careers of many athletes.

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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.

Origin and Etymology of elongate

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


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elongate

adjective \ i-ˈlȯŋ-ˌgā-təd , (ˌ)ē- , ˈē-ˌlȯŋ- \
variants: or elongated

Definition of elongate

1 : stretched out
2 : slender

Examples of elongate in a Sentence

  1. the giraffe's elongate neck is thought to be the result of natural selection

First Known Use of elongate

1751


ELONGATE Defined for English Language Learners

elongate

verb

Definition of elongate for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) longer or to grow longer


ELONGATE Defined for Kids

elongate

verb elon·gate \ i-ˈlȯŋ-ˌgāt \

Definition of elongate for Students

elongated; elongating
: to make or grow longer

Medical Dictionary

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elongate

verb elon·gate \ i-ˈlȯŋ-ˌgāt \

medical Definition of elongate

elongated; elongating
transitive verb
: to extend the length of
intransitive verb
: to grow in length

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elongate

adjective
variants: or elongated

medical Definition of elongate

: long in proportion to width


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