verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
Origin of extend
Synonyms for extend
Antonyms for extend
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Historical Examples of extendible
An extendible shaft went from the wheel-fitting to the crank on the tractor.
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
- 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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