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1 to make longer
  • our guests from out of town extended their visit by a week

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2 to put before another for acceptance or consideration
  • the couple extended an invitation to join them for a get-together at their house after the concert

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3 to arrange the parts of (something) over a wider area
  • you can extend that chaise longue so that it lies completely flat

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4 to be positioned along a certain course or in a certain direction
  • our backyard extends all the way to that brook

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6 to alter (something) for the worse with the addition of foreign or lower-grade substances
  • the company extends its ice cream with thickeners and other additives

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How does the verb extend contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of extend are lengthen, prolong, and protract. While all these words mean "to draw out or add to so as to increase in length," extend and lengthen imply a drawing out in space or time but extend may also imply increase in width, scope, area, or range.

extend a vacation

extend welfare services

lengthen a skirt

lengthen the workweek

When would prolong be a good substitute for extend?

The words prolong and extend can be used in similar contexts, but prolong suggests chiefly increase in duration especially beyond usual limits.

prolonged illness

How do protract and prolong relate to one another, in the sense of extend?

Protract adds to prolong implications of needlessness, vexation, or indefiniteness.

protracted litigation

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The first known use of extend was in the 14th century

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28 May 2020

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“Extend.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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