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

Synonyms & Antonyms for extended


elongate (or elongated), king-size (or king-sized), lengthy, long


brief, curt, short, shortish

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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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Maddon and his staff didn’t get an extended look at Norwood until this week because he wasn’t added to the Cubs’ 40-man roster until Sunday. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs reliever James Norwood shows promise in his debut: 'He had some great stuff'," 12 July 2018 The Heat have taken an extended look at Walton in the summer league in Sacramento that ended last week and the ongoing one on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Heat's Derrick Walton Jr. facing yet another contract deadline," 11 July 2018 Getting to know these extended family members was another reason Ketil wanted to get his sons out to other villages. Anchorage Daily News, "Kaktovik father and son travel to every North Slope village by dog team," 29 May 2018 The Queen hosts a pre-Christmas luncheon at Buckingham Palace every year that includes extended members of the royal family, and the event on December 20 marked Meghan Markle's first time attending. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Amelia Windsor Was Reportedly Not Invited to the Royal Wedding," 15 May 2018 Rogers is currently housing several of the children and the others are also with extended family members. NBC News, "Grandmother says 10 children removed from California home 'lived in torture'," 15 May 2018 Company, was inspired to launch the online adaptive clothing retailer after learning about an extended family member in her parents’ native Egypt who was disabled. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "Designing “Adaptive Clothing” For Those With Special Needs," 8 May 2018 Sony is expected to provide an extended look at its animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Dec. 14) and bring out Tom Hardy for Venom (Oct. 5). Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Can Tom Cruise climb again to CinemaCon glory? Plus 5 more burning questions," 23 Apr. 2018 The Jourdanton courtroom was packed with SAPD officers and extended members and friends of the Deckard and Puente families. Bruce Selcraig, San Antonio Express-News, "Jury deliberating cop killer’s sentence," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of extended

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of extended was in the 15th century

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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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