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 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 There was Delevingne’s masculine-meets-feminine ensemble, comprised of a white Balmain blazer dress paired with step-elongating thigh-high black boots. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Cara Delevingne Wins Best Hair—and Most Inspiring Speech—at the TrevorLIVE Gala," 18 June 2019 Clarke credits the mascara with elongating and separating her lashes without getting clumpy. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "This Hourglass Mascara is Part of Emilia Clarke’s Trick to Getting Long, Voluminous Lashes," 10 Oct. 2019 Those differences in turn determine how the body elongates and how various structures along that axis can be sculpted. Quanta Magazine, "‘Traffic Jams’ of Cells Help to Sculpt Embryos," 27 Sep. 2018 That's not news in itself, but the latest attack on Jon Walters from the former Republic of Ireland assistant manager has elongated an already existing feud to the point of requiring explanation. SI.com, "Roy Keane & Jon Walters Feud: What Led to the Latest Outburst From Former Ireland Coach," 5 Sep. 2019 The changed schedule limits the number of classes students have per day while elongating the class periods. Daily Pilot, "Laguna Beach welcomes students back to school — a week earlier than usual," 27 Aug. 2019 The tension and weight of the ponytail will pull on the spirals to elongate their shape. NBC News, "25 time-saving hacks that will add hours back to your week," 12 Aug. 2019 Ideally, the nectar will attract a moth, which will elongate its tongue-like proboscis and stick its head into the tube. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "Discovery reveals secrets about how ghost orchids reproduce," 11 July 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

5 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Elongate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elongated. Accessed 17 January 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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