ex·​tend·​ed | \ ik-ˈsten-dəd \

Definition of extended

1 : drawn out in length especially of time an extended visit
2a : fully stretched out an extended battle line
b of a horse's gait : performed with a greatly lengthened stride but without a break — compare collected
c : intensive extended efforts
3 : having spatial magnitude : being larger than a point an extended source of light
4 : extensive sense 1 made available extended information— Ruth G. Strickland
5 : derivative sense 1, secondary sense 2a an extended sense of a word
6 of a typeface : having a wider face than that of a standard typeface

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Other Words from extended

extendedly adverb
extendedness noun

Examples of extended in a Sentence

the word “snake” in its extended sense refers to a contemptible or treacherous person an extended portion of the valley is now devoted to the growing of grapes for wine

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The story has opened up so much to include Brianna, Roger, and the rest of the extended family. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Caitriona Balfe on Outlander's Season Finale," 28 Jan. 2019 Listing agent Elaine Stucy of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty has seen interest from prospective buyers drawn to a large home that accommodates extended family. WSJ, "Over 250,000 Votes Later, Hawaii Villa Emerges as the House of the Year," 24 Jan. 2019 Newlyweds Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra spent their first Christmas as a married couple in England alongside fellow engaged lovebirds Joe Jonas and Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner—plus members of the extended family. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are on a Couples' Ski Vacation With Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas," 29 Dec. 2018 The new missile, Kalibr-M, could be launched against targets deep within the United States from extended distances. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Report: Russia Designing Cruise Missiles with 3,000 Mile Range," 8 Jan. 2019 Inside the notebook, however, is Acer’s 4th Gen AeroBlade cooling system, which features metal fans that increase airflow by 45 percent, as well as Coolboost technology that keeps the notebook cool during extended gaming sessions. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Acer's swivel-display Predator Triton 900 will include Nvidia's mobile RTX graphics," 6 Jan. 2019 Although the newlyweds stayed fairly silent on social media up until now, that didn't stop extended family from posting pics from the ski trip. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "All the Pictures From Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth’s Reported Honeymoon Ski Trip," 1 Jan. 2019 While most people may recognize Jordyn Woods as Kylie Jenner’s best friend, there’s much more to the rising star than being a member of the Kardashian-Jenner's extended clan. Shammara Lawrence, Teen Vogue, "Jordyn Woods on Body Positivity, Mental Health, and SECNDNTURE," 31 Dec. 2018 Here’s how to make the most of an extended layover in the country’s most dynamic and addictive city. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of extended

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of extended

: longer than usual or typical : unusually long
: going beyond the usual, original, or basic version of something

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