verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of extend

1250–1300; Middle English extenden < Latin extendere to stretch out. See ex-1, tend1
Related formsex·tend·i·ble, ex·tend·a·ble, adjectiveex·tend·i·bil·i·ty, ex·tend·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·ex·tend·i·ble, adjectivenon·ex·tend·i·ble·ness, nounpre·ex·tend, verbsu·per·ex·tend, verbun·ex·tend·a·ble, adjectiveun·ex·tend·i·ble, adjective

Synonyms for extend

5. continue. See lengthen. 6. enlarge; widen, dilate. 8. bestow, impart.

Antonyms for extend

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Examples from the Web for extending

Contemporary Examples of extending

Historical Examples of extending

  • "I cannot tell you how sorry I am that you are going away," she said, softly, extending her hand.

  • Another road, extending from Callao to San Mateo, was opened in 1876.

    The Railroad Question

    William Larrabee

  • He was extending a hand that Dean Rawson had to reach for blindly.

    Two Thousand Miles Below

    Charles Willard Diffin

  • He was aware of them, too, ahead of him, extending in the gloom indefinitely.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill

  • In short, she was sinking, and as she sank lower and lower she talked of extending her business.


    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for extending



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
  1. to carry forward
  2. to calculate the amount of (a total, balance, etc)
(tr) law (formerly in England) to value or assess (land)
Derived Formsextendible or extendable, adjectiveextendibility or extendability, noun

Word Origin for extend

C14: from Latin extendere to stretch out, from tendere to stretch
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Word Origin and History for extending



early 14c., "to value, assess;" late 14c. "to stretch out, lengthen," from Anglo-French estendre (late 13c.), Old French estendre "stretch out, extend, increase," from Latin extendere "stretch out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + tendere "to stretch" (see tenet). Related: Extended; extending.

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extending in Medicine




To straighten a limb; unbend.
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