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extend

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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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run by (or run past)

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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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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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