- to stretch out; draw out to the full length: He extended the measuring tape as far as it would go.
- to stretch, draw, or arrange in a given direction, or so as to reach a particular point, as a cord, wall, or line of troops.
- to stretch forth or hold out, as the arm or hand: to extend one's hand in greeting.
- to place at full length, especially horizontally, as the body or limbs.
- to increase the length or duration of; lengthen; prolong: to extend a visit.
- to stretch out in various or all directions; expand; spread out in area: A huge tent was extended over the field.
- to enlarge the scope of, or make more comprehensive, as operations, influence, or meaning: The European powers extended their authority in Asia.
- to provide as an offer or grant; offer; grant; give: to extend aid to needy scholars.
- Finance. to postpone (the payment of a debt) beyond the time originally agreed upon.
- to increase the bulk or volume of, especially by adding an inexpensive or plentiful substance.
- Bookkeeping. to transfer (figures) from one column to another.
- British.to assess or value.
- to make a seizure or levy upon, as land, by a writ of extent.
- Manège. to bring (a horse) into an extended attitude.
- to exert (oneself) to an unusual degree.
- Archaic. to exaggerate.
- Obsolete. to take by seizure.
Origin of extend
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5. continue. See lengthen. 6. enlarge; widen, dilate. 8. bestow, impart.
1. shorten, contract.
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Examples from the Web for extend
At some point, show creator Mark Burnett made the diabolical decision to extend the show to 120 minutes.Donald Trump Fires Woman For Not Calling Bill Cosby
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January 5, 2015
We would like to extend our sincere sympathies to the family and friends of those on board QZ8501.Wreckage, Bodies of AirAsia Crash Found
December 30, 2014
In order to extend their legal residence in the United States, they had to obtain other visas.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism
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December 26, 2014
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Valerie isn't going anywhere, and her work will extend through those she has cultivated and inspired.The Valerie Jarrett I Know: How She Saved the Obama Campaign and Why She’s Indispensable
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We have asked for no privileges we would not extend to others.
Russia sought to extend her conquests south and to seize upon Turkey.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Nor did her hips want the assistance of a hoop to extend them.Joseph Andrews Vol. 1
And did Bernadette ever extend the pilgrimage of her dreams as far as Bartres?
The road, straight as an arrow, seemed to extend into the infinite.
- to draw out or be drawn out; stretch
- to last for a certain timehis schooling extended for three years
- (intr) to reach a certain point in time or distancethe land extends five miles
- (intr) to exist or occurthe trees extended throughout the area
- (tr) to increase (a building, etc) in size or area; add to or enlarge
- (tr) to broaden the meaning or scope ofthe law was extended
- (tr) to put forth, present, or offerto extend greetings
- to stretch forth (an arm, etc)
- (tr) to lay out (a body) at full length
- (tr) to strain or exert (a person or animal) to the maximum
- (tr) to prolong (the time originally set) for payment of (a debt or loan), completion of (a task), etc
- (tr) accounting
- to carry forward
- to calculate the amount of (a total, balance, etc)
- (tr) law (formerly in England) to value or assess (land)
C14: from Latin extendere to stretch out, from tendere to stretch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for extend
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To straighten a limb; unbend.
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