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extend

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of extend

  1. 1 to make longer our guests from out of town extended their visit by a week Synonyms of extend drag (out), draw out, elongate, lengthen, outstretch, prolong, protract, stretch Words Related to extend amplify, enlarge, expand, increase; attenuate, thin Near Antonyms of extend decrease, diminish, lessen, reduce; thicken Antonyms of extend abbreviate, abridge, curtail, cut, cut back, shorten

  2. 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 Synonyms of extend offer, give, proffer, tender, trot outWords Related to extend pose, propose; hold out; give in, submit; volunteerNear Antonyms of extend accept, receive, take; accredit, approbate, approve, authorize, clear, confirm, finalize, formalize, homologate, OK (or okay), ratify, sanction, warrant; decline, deny, disallow, disapprove, negative, reject, turn down, veto; rebuff, rebut, refuse, spurn; retract, withdraw; disregard, ignore, neglect, overlook

  3. 3 to arrange the parts of (something) over a wider area you can extend that chaise longue so that it lies completely flat Synonyms of extend expand, open, fan (out), flare (out), outspread, outstretch, spread (out), stretch (out), unfold, unfurlWords Related to extend overspreadNear Antonyms of extend compact, compress, condense, reduceAntonyms of extend close, contract, fold

  4. 4 to be positioned along a certain course or in a certain direction our backyard extends all the way to that brook Synonyms of extend bear, run, go, head, lead, lieWords Related to extend cross, cut, pass; course, follow, span, traverse

  5. 5 to make greater in size, amount, or number embarked on a series of wars intended to extend his empire Synonyms of extend accelerate, add (to), aggrandize, amplify, augment, boost, build up, compound, enlarge, escalate, expand, increase, hype, multiply, pump up, raise, swell, stoke, supersize, upWords Related to extend boom, jump, skyrocket, spike; bump (up), ratchet (up) also rachet (up); blow up, dilate, distend, inflate; draw out, elongate, flesh (out), lengthen, prolong, protract, stretch; develop, enhance, heighten, intensify, magnify; complement, supplement; beef (up), reinforce (also reenforce), strengthen; maximize; accumulate, amass, collect; follow up, parlayNear Antonyms of extend abbreviate, abridge, curtail, shorten; compress, condense, constrict, contract; cut back, retrenchAntonyms of extend abate, decrease, de-escalate, diminish, downsize, dwindle, lessen, lower, minify, reduce, subtract (from)

  6. 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 Synonyms of extend cut, dilute, adulterate, lace, sophisticate, thin, water down, weakenWords Related to extend load; befoul, contaminate, corrupt, defile, dirty, envenom, foul, infect, poison, pollute, soil, spoil, sully, taint; cheapen, debase, degrade; manipulate, misrepresent, tamper (with); counterfeit, fake, falsify, fudge; doctor, spike; attenuate, moderate, qualify, temperNear Antonyms of extend fertilize, lard; augment, reinforce (also reenforce), supplement; decontaminate, purify; clarify, clean, cleanse, distill (also distil), filter, flush, leach, pasteurize, purge, refine; better, enhance, improve; compact, concentrate, condenseAntonyms of extend enrich, fortify, richen, strengthen

Synonym Discussion of extend

extend, lengthen, prolong, protract 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
prolong suggests chiefly increase in duration especially beyond usual limits.
    • prolonged illness
protract adds to prolong implications of needlessness, vexation, or indefiniteness.
    • protracted litigation


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