extend[ek stend′, ik-]
A little girl extends her arms to offer a gift.
- To extend is defined as to make something longer or wider, to make something last longer or to make an offer.
- An example of extend is when you reach your hand high in the air or stretch out your leg.
- An example of extend is when you lengthen a movie from one hour to two.
- An example of extend is when you uncoil rope to its full length.
- An example of extend is to make an offer to buy a house for a specific amount of money.
- to stretch out or draw out to a certain point, or for a certain distance or time
- to enlarge in area, scope, influence, meaning, effect, etc.; widen; broaden; expand; spread
- to stretch or thrust forth; hold out; proffer
- to present for acceptance; offer; accord; grant
- to stretch or straighten out (a flexed limb of the body)
- to make longer in time or space; prolong
- to allow a period of time for the payment of (a loan, mortgage, etc.) beyond that originally set
- to make (oneself) work or try very hard
- to give added bulk or body to (a substance) by adding another, usually cheaper or inferior, substance
- Obsolete to gain control of by force
- Commerce to calculate (an amount on an invoice) by multiplying quantity by price
Origin of extendMiddle English extended ; from Classical Latin extendere ; from ex-, out + tendere, to stretch: see thin
- to be extended
- to lie or stretch: the fence extends to the meadow
verbex·tend·ed, ex·tend·ing, ex·tends
- a. To cause (something) to be longer, wider, or cover more area: extended the subway line into the next town.b. To enlarge the scope or effect of: research that extended our knowledge of the universe.c. To cause (something) to last longer: extended our visit by a day.d. To prolong the time allowed for payment of: extend a loan for three more months.e. To put off; postpone: extended the deadline by a week.
- a. To present; offer: extend one's greetings.b. To make available; provide: extend credit to qualified purchasers.
- To open or straighten (something) out; unbend: extended the legs of the folding table.
- To increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance: used rice or pasta to extend leftover casseroles.
- a. To exert (oneself) vigorously or to full capacity: Few mountain climbers have extended themselves as those two have.b. To cause to move at full gallop. Used of a horse.
- Chiefly British a. To appraise or assess; value.b. To seize or make a levy on for the purpose of settling a debt.
Origin of extendMiddle English extenden, from Old French extendre, from Latin extendere : ex-, ex- + tendere, to stretch; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
- ex·tend′a·bil′i·ty, ex·tend′i·bil′i·ty
- ex·tend′a·ble, ex·tend′i·ble
(third-person singular simple present extends, present participle extending, simple past and past participle extended)