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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Young Ian wins Rollo, a dog who is part wolf, in a dice game, and the dog soon becomes a member of the extended Fraser family. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Outlander Season 4: Meet the New Cast," 30 Oct. 2018 Among the enormous pleasures of encountering Arp’s abstract artworks in significant number is to see them interact as an extended family. Lance Esplund, WSJ, "‘The Nature of Arp’ Review: Revolutionary Forms," 30 Oct. 2018 Trump’s majority disapproval rating overall and on immigration in particular could drag support for detaining families indefinitely during an extended debate. Scott Clement, Washington Post, "The public rejected Trump’s child-separation policy, but a majority supports his push to detain families until court hearings," 13 July 2018 Volcano opens with an arrestingly lovely sequence, an extended aerial shot of droplets splashing in slow motion onto a dark body of water before a huge, mysterious barge swims into view. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Volcano': Film Review | Karlovy Vary 2018," 13 July 2018 Next is an extended, percussive-heavy take from Latroit with plenty of strange synth stutter. Kat Bein, Billboard, "deadmau5's 'mau5ville: level 1' Brings A Range Of Sounds, Emotions: Listen," 13 July 2018 After Devo went on an extended hiatus in the 1990s, Casale channeled his energy by moving into commercial directing — and wine-making. Randall Roberts, latimes.com, "The Art of De-Evolution: Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale discuss two new books that celebrate punk band Devo's visual work," 12 July 2018 David Obermayer, a historian and trans man, writes in an extended blog post on Barry. Nina Metz, chicagotribune.com, "Why trans actors should be cast in trans roles," 12 July 2018 Following the chef’s death, fans of his TV show petitioned for its extended run on Netflix, as Parts Unknown was scheduled to be removed from the streaming service on June 16 as part of the regular rotation. PEOPLE.com, "Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown Nominated for 6 Emmy Awards After Chef's Death," 12 July 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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