ex·​tend·​ed | \ ik-ˈsten-dəd How to pronounce extended (audio) \

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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In fact, Brad appeared in the annual extended-family photographs of several prominent political families. Alejandro Varela, Harper's magazine, "Carlitos in Charge," 16 Sep. 2019 Sons Roland and Perry and a large extended family are left to cherish her memory. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 9/15," 15 Sep. 2019 In reading it, I was struck by her command of language, a sure sign of someone who is intelligent and well read, and her true moral and ethical compass, a testament to an strong extended family. Los Angeles Times, "After Plácido Domingo harassment allegations, readers ask: ‘Who is complicit?’," 13 Sep. 2019 He is survived by his wife Sandra (Koslosky), daughter Meagan Kenney, granddaughter Charlotte Julianna Kenney and many extended family and friends. courant.com, "William D. Mickewicz," 12 Sep. 2019 Carolyn, this is no one’s business, certainly not mine, and definitely not the business of extended family nor friends. Carolyn Hax, The Mercury News, "Carolyn Hax: When I show up solo, how do I explain her absence?," 11 Sep. 2019 Carolyn, this is no one's business, certainly not mine, and definitely not the business of extended family nor friends. Carolyn Hax, oregonlive, "Carolyn Hax: ‘I don’t know’ perfectly good answer to questions about newlywed’s baby plans," 11 Sep. 2019 His second wife, Grace, his younger by 41 years, began a particularly predatory campaign on behalf of the extended family around the president. The Economist, "Robert Mugabe leaves a bitter legacy," 7 Sep. 2019 Running to nearly 900 pages, this monumental work traces the wartime experiences of an extended family, the Shaposhnikovs, their spouses, lovers, friends, and colleagues, and figures from various spheres of Soviet life. Sophie Pinkham, The New Republic, "Vasily Grossman’s Lost Epic," 27 Aug. 2019

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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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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