- 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.
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- 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)
Word Origin for extend
C14: from Latin extendere to stretch out, from tendere to stretch
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- To straighten a limb; unbend.
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