Definitions for extendɪkˈstɛnd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to stretch or draw out to full length:

    extended the measuring tape.

  2. to stretch or draw outward.

  3. to stretch forth; hold out:

    to extend one's hand in greeting.

  4. to make longer, as to reach a particular point:

    to extend a highway to the next town.

  5. to increase the duration of:

    to extend a visit.

  6. to enlarge the area, scope, or application of:

    The military powers extended their authority abroad.

  7. to grant or offer:

    to extend aid to needy scholars.

  8. to postpone the payment of (a debt) beyond the due date.

    Category: Business

  9. to increase the bulk of, esp. by adding an inexpensive or plentiful substance.

  10. Brit. to seize (lands) by a writ of extent.

    Category: Law

  11. to exert (oneself) to an unusual degree.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  12. Archaic. to exaggerate.

  13. (v.i.)to be or become extended in length, duration, space, or scope.

  14. to reach, as to a particular point.

Origin of extend:

1250–1300; ME < L extendere to stretch out, extend. See ex -1, tend1



Princeton's WordNet

  1. widen, broaden, extend(verb)

    extend in scope or range or area

    "The law was extended to all citizens"; "widen the range of applications"; "broaden your horizon"; "Extend your backyard"

  2. run, go, pass, lead, extend(verb)

    stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point

    "Service runs all the way to Cranbury"; "His knowledge doesn't go very far"; "My memory extends back to my fourth year of life"; "The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets"

  3. cover, continue, extend(verb)

    span an interval of distance, space or time

    "The war extended over five years"; "The period covered the turn of the century"; "My land extends over the hills on the horizon"; "This farm covers some 200 acres"; "The Archipelago continues for another 500 miles"

  4. extend, offer(verb)

    make available; provide

    "extend a loan"; "The bank offers a good deal on new mortgages"

  5. exsert, stretch out, put out, extend, hold out, stretch forth(verb)

    thrust or extend out

    "He held out his hand"; "point a finger"; "extend a hand"; "the bee exserted its sting"

  6. extend, poke out, reach out(verb)

    reach outward in space

    "The awning extends several feet over the sidewalk"

  7. offer, extend(verb)

    offer verbally

    "extend my greetings"; "He offered his sympathy"

  8. stretch, extend(verb)

    extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body

    "Stretch your legs!"; "Extend your right arm above your head"

  9. extend, expand(verb)

    expand the influence of

    "The King extended his rule to the Eastern part of the continent"

  10. prolong, protract, extend, draw out(verb)

    lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer

    "We prolonged our stay"; "She extended her visit by another day"; "The meeting was drawn out until midnight"

  11. unfold, stretch, stretch out, extend(verb)

    extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length

    "Unfold the newspaper"; "stretch out that piece of cloth"; "extend the TV antenna"

  12. gallop, extend(verb)

    cause to move at full gallop

    "Did you gallop the horse just now?"

  13. extend(verb)

    open or straighten out; unbend

    "Can we extend the legs of this dining table?"

  14. strain, extend(verb)

    use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity

    "He really extended himself when he climbed Kilimanjaro"; "Don't strain your mind too much"

  15. extend(verb)

    prolong the time allowed for payment of

    "extend the loan"

  16. carry, extend(verb)

    continue or extend

    "The civil war carried into the neighboring province"; "The disease extended into the remote mountain provinces"

  17. extend, stretch(verb)

    increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance

    "stretch the soup by adding some more cream"; "extend the casserole with a little rice"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. extend(verb)ɪkˈstɛnd

    to make sth bigger, longer, or more varied

    We have extended the project by three weeks.; We are extending our selection of products to fit your needs.

  2. extendɪkˈstɛnd

    to stretch or reach to the fullest point

    Extend your arms up over your head.

  3. extendɪkˈstɛnd

    to cover a particular distance or range

    a temperature range extending from -25; ºF to 95ºF; The mountains extend from western Canada to the southwestern U.S.

  4. extendɪkˈstɛnd

    to give or offer

    to extend an offer/apology


  1. extend(Verb)

    To increase in extent.

  2. extend(Verb)

    To possess a certain extent.

  3. extend(Verb)

    To cause to increase in extent.

  4. extend(Verb)

    To cause to last for a longer period of time.

  5. extend(Verb)

    To straighten (a limb).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Extend(verb)

    to stretch out; to prolong in space; to carry forward or continue in length; as, to extend a line in surveying; to extend a cord across the street

  2. Extend(verb)

    to enlarge, as a surface or volume; to expand; to spread; to amplify; as, to extend metal plates by hammering or rolling them

  3. Extend(verb)

    to enlarge; to widen; to carry out further; as, to extend the capacities, the sphere of usefulness, or commerce; to extend power or influence; to continue, as time; to lengthen; to prolong; as, to extend the time of payment or a season of trail

  4. Extend(verb)

    to hold out or reach forth, as the arm or hand

  5. Extend(verb)

    to bestow; to offer; to impart; to apply; as, to extend sympathy to the suffering

  6. Extend(verb)

    to increase in quantity by weakening or adulterating additions; as, to extend liquors

  7. Extend(verb)

    to value, as lands taken by a writ of extent in satisfaction of a debt; to assign by writ of extent

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'extend' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3197

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'extend' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3738

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'extend' in Verbs Frequency: #236

Anagrams of extend

  1. dentex

Translations for extend

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to make longer or larger

He extended his vegetable garden.

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