Definition of extend in English:

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Pronunciation: /ikˈstend/


[with object]
1Cause to cover a larger area; make longer or wider: the Forest Service plans to extend a gravel road nearly a mile
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  • So far, Nepal has created fourteen protected areas, covering at least ten percent of the country's land mass, and there are plans to extend these protected areas.
  • There are now plans to extend the area covered by the partnership to the villages of Wrelton, Aislaby, Middleton, Cropton, Rosedale and Sinnington.
  • Commenting on the report's recommendation on ride encroachment, the senior zoo spokesman said there were no future plans for the theme park and the rides to be extended into the zoo area.
expand, enlarge, increase, make larger, make bigger;
lengthen, widen, broaden
widen, expand, broaden;
augment, supplement, increase, add to, enhance, develop
1.1Cause to last longer: high schools may consider extending the class day to seven periods
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  • The former Development Officer alleges that the suggestion that his probation period should be extended came from a representative of one of the Chambers of Commerce.
  • The martial law status was imposed on troubled Aceh on May 19 for a six-month period and was extended for another six months on Nov.19.
  • The public should be encouraged to register now instead of sitting back and hoping that the period will be extended or get discouraged because the process is slow.
prolong, lengthen, increase;
stretch out, protract, spin out, string out
prolonged, protracted, long-lasting, long-drawn-out, spun out, long, dragged out, strung out, lengthy
informal marathon
1.2Postpone (a starting or ending time) beyond the original limit: he extended the deadline to 4 p.m. today
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  • The legislation will allow bars and pubs to apply for licenses that extend beyond the current limit of 11 pm.
  • It is essential for the SDF deployment to be extended beyond the Dec.14 deadline set by a special law.
  • Henning asked for a postponement not to be extended beyond 2pm yesterday.
1.3Straighten or spread out (the body or a limb) at full length: she is unable to extend her thumb
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  • His left leg was extended straight, spread across the length of the table, while his right leg hung limply off the side, his foot slowly brushing across the floor.
  • The soaring creature opened a large but blunt fist, extending its fingers their full length.
  • Straighten your legs, extending your arms in front of you.
stretch out, spread out, reach out, straighten out
1.4 [no object] Spread from a central point to cover a wider area: the pipeline currently extends 1,200 miles from Santa Barbara
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  • The study area currently extends 300 km off the east side of the Peron Peninsula and includes more than 600 animals.
  • It has headroom of about 6.1 metres and a large secure yard area that extends 31.8 metres.
  • The architect and the engineers developed a rigid ‘hollow tube’ design of closely spaced steel columns with floor trusses extending across to a central core.
1.5 [no object] Occupy a specified area or stretch to a specified point: the mountains extend over the western end of the island a fault that may extend to a depth of 12 miles
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  • The Burren area extends some 40 kilometers from east to west and 30 kilometers from north to south.
  • These residues expand a region extending from the C-terminus of S5 to the N-terminus of S6.
  • This farm grain bin near Firth was typical of the storm damage that extended from central to eastern Nebraska.
1.6 [no object] (extend to) Include within one’s scope; be applicable to: her generosity did not extend to all adults
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  • Health care is a human right that extends to all people, including those who are HIV positive.
  • Patients were recruited over four years, and the study could not have included more patients without extending to other healthcare districts and hospitals.
  • While that may include the almost stereotypical use of cocaine, it also extends to amphetamines and ecstasy use.
include, take in, incorporate, encompass
2Hold (something) out toward someone: I nod and extend my hand
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  • And by extending a helping hand, you are extending yourself.
  • We are extending a hand of peace on behalf of the whole region to you, and we hope that we will be able to create the momentum needed to resume fruitful and productive negotiations.
  • While being introduced, your extended hand gesture is mimicked, and never returned.
hold out, reach out, hold forth;
offer, give, outstretch, proffer
2.1Offer or make available: she extended an invitation to her to stay I can’t extend credit indefinitely
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  • Well done John and all in the area extend our very best wishes and wish you many more hours of happy flying.
  • His family, relations and many friends in the area extend their best wishes on him reaching such a significant milestone and hope he enjoyed the occasion.
  • He is always welcome here, and I hope others will afford him the same courtesy that he extends to them.
offer, proffer, give, grant, bestow, accord
3 (extend oneself) Exert or exercise oneself to the utmost: you have to extend yourself to change rather than keep on doing the same thing
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  • But he was willing to try, to extend himself to the utmost to finally reach peace and settle the long conflict.
  • When helping someone extend yourself in the fullest way; offer a smile or a loving gesture.
  • About 300 runners are expected to take part from club members to those who are taking regular exercise but just want to extend themselves.



Pronunciation: /ikˌstendəˈbilitē/
Example sentences
  • There was an old conjecture (going back to H. Whitney) that this equivalence is also necessary for extendability.
  • We will discuss extendability of free multiarrangements for a special class.


Pronunciation: /ikˈstendəbəl/ Pronunciation: /ekˈstendəbəl/
Example sentences
  • Well, I used a metal extendable stylus but the tip doesn't feel good to my touch screen and it made my hands sweat more.
  • This price includes a special extendable mattress.


Pronunciation: /ikˌstendəˈbilitē/
Example sentences
  • Extendibility is the freedom for designers to add extensions of their own design to the ARC processor core.
  • A Characterization of extendibility of rational matrices is presented in terms of elementary properties.


Pronunciation: /ikˈstendəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • He was the victim of a group of men who arrived with an iron bar, extendible baton and a gun and escaped in a dark vehicle.
  • Extendible and retractable bonds have more than one maturity date.
  • He said that each media organization will be able send up to two reporters for a one-month period that is not extendible.


Late Middle English: from Latin extendere 'stretch out', from ex- 'out' + tendere 'stretch'.

Words that rhyme with extend

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Syllabification: ex·tend

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