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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The 35-year-old father and his extended family of 23 people initially slept on blankets spread over the orchard’s dirt until strangers in the nearby town of Sarmada offered them two free rooms on Sunday, on the eve of Ramadan. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "Thousands of Syrians Flee Regime Attacks as Ramadan Gets Under Way," 7 May 2019 Neither did Laura Walker or Ryan Dennison or Emily Perez, or countless other West Point graduates whose names reverberated among our extended Army family. Claire Gibson, Marie Claire, "Why My Relationship With Camo Print Is Messy," 29 Apr. 2019 These people enjoy the experience and often bring extended family members to enjoy the experience. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Amazon will deliver live Christmas trees this year. 5 Christmas tree experts weigh in.," 14 Sep. 2018 As is the case for most of us, the extended members of Meghan’s clan include some relatively rational and steady people, and some who are a bit more volatile, self-promoting, or simply ignorant of the ways of tabloid media. Jill Filipovic, Teen Vogue, "Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding Is Not Your Average Disney Princess Fantasy," 19 May 2018 These micro pulses keep the tension on your muscles for an extended period of time, which helps challenge and ultimately strengthen them. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Strengthen Your Glutes and Hamstrings With This Pulsing Exercise From Celebrity Trainer Erin Oprea," 28 Mar. 2019 State employees could get an extended summer break Non-essential state employees were furloughed in previous shutdowns in 2006 and 2017, and could be sent home during a possible shutdown next week. Max Cohen, Philly.com, "Worried about a potential New Jersey government shutdown? Here are eight ways you would be affected," 26 June 2018 Not long after Trump spoke in Washington, Rivera-Marrero left the restaurant for a few hours on an extended lunch break. Author: Manny Fernandez, Linda Qiu, Anchorage Daily News, "Backed up by data, a border city asks Trump: What border crisis?," 24 June 2018 Not long after Trump spoke in Washington, Rivera-Marrero left the restaurant for a few hours on an extended lunch break. BostonGlobe.com, "On Texas border, despite what Trump says, some see no crisis," 23 June 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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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