[ih-lawng-geyt, ih-long-, ee-lawng-geyt, ee-long-]

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.

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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Examples from the Web for elongated

Contemporary Examples of elongated

  • Koh developed a theory of "elongated imminence," which he likened to "battered spouse syndrome."

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    David's Bookclub: Kill or Capture

    David Frum

    September 11, 2012

  • Grispelle, as my mother and I make them, are elongated fritters about the size and shape of slender éclairs.

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    Italy's Best Dessert Secret

    Rosetta Costantino

    December 9, 2010

Historical Examples of elongated

British Dictionary definitions for elongated



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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Word Origin and History for elongated



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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