- 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.
Origin of extend
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Examples from the Web for extending
The extending out of one syllable is a great songwriting device.Yes, I Like Christmas Music. Stop Laughing.
December 24, 2014
Did you envision your Pryor biography as extending your previous investigation—aesthetically and historically?How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America
David Yaffe, Scott Saul
December 10, 2014
“I just got my nails done,” gushes Michael C. Hall, extending his manicured, silver digits towards me.Michael C. Hall on Going Drag for ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and Exorcising ‘Dexter’
December 4, 2014
Extending the life of a fighter jet past its expected lifespan comes at a steep price.Navy Grounds Top Guns
October 17, 2014
“If anything, John Kerry succeeded in extending the period of hope for a little bit longer,” he said.Everyone Says John Kerry Should Stay Out of the Middle East
July 13, 2014
"I cannot tell you how sorry I am that you are going away," she said, softly, extending her hand.Southern Lights and Shadows
Another road, extending from Callao to San Mateo, was opened in 1876.The Railroad Question
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
In short, she was sinking, and as she sank lower and lower she talked of extending her business.L'Assommoir
- 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 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.
- To straighten a limb; unbend.