[ih-lawng-geyt, ih-long-, ee-lawng-geyt, ee-long-]
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verb (used without object), e·lon·gat·ed, e·lon·gat·ing.
  1. to increase in length.
adjective Also e·lon·gat·ed.
  1. extended; lengthened.
  2. long and thin.

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
Related formse·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
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Related Words for elongate

lengthen, draw, extend, stretch, prolong, pad, protract, fill, prolongate

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British Dictionary definitions for elongate


  1. to make or become longer; stretch
  1. long and narrow; slenderelongate leaves
  2. 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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Word Origin and History for elongate

1530s, from Late Latin elongatus, past participle of elongare "to prolong, protract" (see elongation). Earlier in the same sense was elongen (mid-15c.). Related: Elongated; elongating.

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