[ ih-lawng-geyt, ih-long-, ee-lawng-geyt, ee-long- ]
/ ɪˈlɔŋ geɪt, ɪˈlɒŋ-, ˈi lɔŋˌgeɪt, ˈi lɒŋ- /

verb (used with object), e·lon·gat·ed, e·lon·gat·ing.

to draw out to greater length; lengthen; extend.

verb (used without object), e·lon·gat·ed, e·lon·gat·ing.

to increase in length.

adjective Also e·lon·gat·ed.

extended; lengthened.
long and thin.


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Origin of elongate

1530–40; < Late Latin ēlongātus lengthened out, past participle of ēlongāre to make longer, make distant, remove, equivalent to Latin ē- e-1 + -longāre, derivative of longus long1, longē far off


e·lon·ga·tive [ee-lawng-gey-tiv, ee-long-] /ˈi lɔŋˌgeɪ tɪv, ˈi lɒŋ-/, adjectivesub·e·lon·gate, adjectivesub·e·lon·gat·ed, adjectiveun·e·lon·gat·ed, adjective

Words nearby elongate

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British Dictionary definitions for elongate

/ (ˈiːlɒŋɡeɪt) /


to make or become longer; stretch


long and narrow; slenderelongate leaves
lengthened or tapered

Word Origin for elongate

C16: from Late Latin ēlongāre to keep at a distance, from ē- away + Latin longē (adv) far, but also later: to lengthen, as if from ē- + Latin longus (adj) long
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