verb ex·tend \ik-ˈstend\

Definition of extend

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to spread or stretch forth :  unbend extended both her arms

  3. 2a :  to stretch out to fullest lengthb :  to cause (an animal, such as a horse) to move at full stridec :  to exert (oneself) to full capacity could work long and hard without seeming to extend himselfd (1) :  to increase the bulk of (as by adding a cheaper substance or a modifier) (2) :  adulterate

  4. 3 [Middle English, from Medieval Latin extendere (from Latin) or Anglo-French estendre, from Old French] a British :  to take possession of (something, such as land) by a writ of extentb obsolete :  to take by force

  5. 4a :  to make the offer of :  proffer extending aid to the needy extending their greetingsb :  to make available extending credit to customers

  6. 5a :  to cause to reach (as in distance or scope) national authority was extended over new territoriesb :  to cause to be longer :  prolong extend the side of a triangle extended their visit another day; also :  to prolong the time of payment ofc :  advance, further extending her potential through job training

  7. 6a :  to cause to be of greater area or volume :  enlarge extended the patio to the back of the houseb :  to increase the scope, meaning, or application of :  broaden beauty, I suppose, opens the heart, extends the consciousness — Algernon Blackwoodc archaic :  exaggerate

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1 :  to stretch out in distance, space, or time :  reach their jurisdiction extended over the whole area

  10. 2 :  to reach in scope or application his concern extends beyond mere business to real service to his customers


play \ik-ˌsten-də-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun


or less commonly


play \ik-ˈsten-də-bəl\ adjective

Examples of extend in a Sentence

  1. He extended a hand in greeting.

  2. sitting with both legs fully extended

  3. The table measures eight feet long when it is fully extended.

  4. The table extends to eight feet in length.

  5. The woods extend for miles to the west.

  6. Their knowledge of the family's history extends back to colonial times.

  7. Their influence extends well beyond their immediate circle of friends.

  8. His popularity extends from coast to coast.

Origin and Etymology of extend

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French estendre, from Latin extendere, from ex- + tendere to stretch — more at thin

Synonym Discussion of extend

extend, lengthen, prolong, protract mean to draw out or add to so as to increase in length. extend and lengthen imply a drawing out in space or time but extend may also imply increase in width, scope, area, or range. extend a vacation extend welfare services lengthen a skirt lengthen the workweek prolong suggests chiefly increase in duration especially beyond usual limits. prolonged illness protract adds to prolong implications of needlessness, vexation, or indefiniteness. protracted litigation

EXTEND Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of extend for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (something, such as your arm or leg) to straighten out or to stretch out

  • : to become longer or to be able to become longer

  • : to continue in a specified direction or over a specified distance, space, or time

EXTEND Defined for Kids


verb ex·tend \ik-ˈstend\

Definition of extend for Students




  1. 1 :  to hold out extend a hand

  2. 2 :  to stretch out or across something There was no way of going around it, for it seemed to extend … as far as they could see … — L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz

  3. 3 :  to make longer extend a visit

  4. 4 :  1stretch 2 extend a sail

  5. 5 :  enlarge extend the meaning of a word

Word Root of extend

The Latin word tendere, meaning to “stretch” or “to spread,” and its form tentus give us the roots tend, tent, and tens. Words from the Latin tendere have something to do with stretching or spreading. A tent is a temporary shelter made from stretched out fabric. To distend is to stretch outward and swell in all directions. To extend is to stretch out. A tendon is a cord that connects a muscle to another muscle or to a bone and that stretches allowing a joint to bend. Something tense is stretched tight.

Medical Dictionary


transitive verb ex·tend \ik-ˈstend\

Medical Definition of extend

  1. 1:  to straighten out (as an arm or leg)

  2. 2:  to increase the quantity or bulk of (as by adding a cheaper substance or a modifier) extending ground meat with cereal; also :  adulterate

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