• synonyms


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

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

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

Examples from the Web for elongating

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

British Dictionary definitions for elongating


  1. to make or become longer; stretch
Show More
  1. long and narrow; slenderelongate leaves
  2. lengthened or tapered
Show More

Word Origin

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
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 elongating



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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper