extend

verb
ex·​tend | \ ik-ˈstend How to pronounce extend (audio) \
extended; extending; extends

Definition of extend

transitive verb

1 : to spread or stretch forth : unbend extended both her arms
2a : to stretch out to fullest length
b : to cause (an animal, such as a horse) to move at full stride
c : to exert (oneself) to full capacity could work long and hard without seeming to extend himself
d(1) : to increase the bulk of (as by adding a cheaper substance or a modifier)
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 extent
b obsolete : to take by force
4a : to make the offer of : proffer extending aid to the needy extending their greetings
b : to make available extending credit to customers
5a : to cause to reach (as in distance or scope) national authority was extended over new territories
b : to cause to be longer : prolong extend the side of a triangle extended their visit another day also : to prolong the time of payment of
c : advance, further extending her potential through job training
6a : to cause to be of greater area or volume : enlarge extended the patio to the back of the house
b : to increase the scope, meaning, or application of : broaden beauty, I suppose, opens the heart, extends the consciousness— Algernon Blackwood
c archaic : exaggerate

intransitive verb

1 : to stretch out in distance, space, or time : reach their jurisdiction extended over the whole area
2 : to reach in scope or application his concern extends beyond mere business to real service to his customers

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Other Words from extend

extendability \ ik-​ˌsten-​də-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce extendability (audio) \ noun
extendable or less commonly extendible \ ik-​ˈsten-​də-​bəl How to pronounce extendible (audio) \ adjective

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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

Examples of extend in a Sentence

He extended a hand in greeting. sitting with both legs fully extended The table measures eight feet long when it is fully extended. The table extends to eight feet in length. The woods extend for miles to the west. Their knowledge of the family's history extends back to colonial times. Their influence extends well beyond their immediate circle of friends. His popularity extends from coast to coast.
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Recent Examples on the Web The agencies have issued new restrictions at various parks and outdoor areas over the past month, some of which will extend to the end of summer and possibly into fall. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Campfire bans coming to public lands across state," 13 July 2020 That resolution, obtained by The Associated Press, would extend the mandate through the Bab al-Hawa crossing for a year and the mandate for the Bab al-Salam crossing — which Russia wants to eliminate — for three months to wind up its activities. Washington Post, "UN fails for 2nd time to agree on Syria aid from Turkey," 11 July 2020 Keeping your left arm steady, extend your right arm up. Rozalynn S. Frazier, Health.com, "The 21-Day Mini Resistance Band Challenge That Will Tone and Strengthen Your Entire Body," 10 July 2020 Emergency readiness will likely also extend to home pantries. Nerd Wallet, oregonlive, "3 financial lessons the coronavirus pandemic has taught us," 10 July 2020 Congress must extend the weekly unemployment benefit in order to stabilize our economy and society in this precarious moment. CNN, "Allowing the $600 unemployment benefit to expire could devastate the US economy," 8 July 2020 The deal will extend across all Disney platforms including Disney Television, ESPN and its website, The Undefeated, which focuses on race in sports, Hulu, and Pixar. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "Colin Kaepernick’s transition to TV continues with Disney first-look deal," 6 July 2020 The first-look deal will extend across all Walt Disney Platforms including Walt Disney Television, ESPN, Hulu, Pixar, and The Undefeated. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Colin Kaepernick signs deal with ESPN to chronicle QB’s journey as part of deal," 6 July 2020 Thomason’s tenure will extend through the end of the year, including the November Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland, with Arvin formally assuming command on Jan. 1, 2021. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Keeneland a family business for Lexington racetrack's first female president," 3 July 2020

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First Known Use of extend

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for extend

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

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The first known use of extend was in the 14th century

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31 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Extend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extend. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for extend

extend

verb
How to pronounce extend (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of extend

: 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

verb
ex·​tend | \ ik-ˈstend How to pronounce extend (audio) \
extended; extending

Kids Definition of extend

1 : to hold out extend a hand
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 : to make longer extend a visit
4 : stretch entry 1 sense 2 extend a sail
5 : enlarge extend the meaning of a word
ex·​tend | \ ik-ˈstend How to pronounce extend (audio) \

Medical Definition of extend

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