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.
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)
to be or become ; stretch out in length, duration, or in various or all directions.
to reach, as to a particular point.
to increase in length, area, scope, etc.
Manège. (of a horse) to come into an attitude.
to draw out or be drawn out; stretch
to last for a certain time: his schooling extended for three years
(intransitive) to reach a certain point in time or distance: the land extends five miles
(intransitive) to exist or occur: the trees extended throughout the area
(transitive) to increase (a building, etc) in size or area; add to or enlarge
(transitive) to broaden the meaning or scope of: the law was extended
(transitive) to put forth, present, or offer: to extend greetings
to stretch forth (an arm, etc)
(transitive) to lay out (a body) at full length
(transitive) to strain or exert (a person or animal) to the maximum
(transitive) to prolong (the time originally set) for payment of (a debt or loan), completion of (a task), etc
(transitive) (law) (formerly in England) to value or assess (land)
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.
extend ex·tend (ĭk-stěnd’)
v. ex·tend·ed, ex·tend·ing, ex·tends
To straighten a limb; unbend.
[ik-sten-did] /ɪkˈstɛn dɪd/ adjective 1. stretched out: extended wires. 2. continued or prolonged: extended efforts. 3. spread out: extended flags. 4. widespread or extensive; having extension or spatial magnitude: extended treatment of a subject. 5. outstretched: extended arms. 6. Printing. (def 3). 7. of or relating to a meaning of a word other than its […]
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