Definition of extend in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪkˈstɛnd/
Pronunciation: /ɛkˈstɛnd/


[with object]
1Cause to cover a wider area; make larger: the car park has been extended
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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, make greater;
lengthen, widen, broaden;
stretch, stretch out, draw out, elongate
widen, expand, broaden;
augment, supplement, increase, add to, enhance, amplify, develop, top up, build up, diversify
1.1Cause to last longer: they asked the government to extend its period of deliberation
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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, continue, run on, keep going, perpetuate, sustain;
stretch out, protract, spin out, string out, drag out;
postpone, defer, delay, put back, put off
prolonged, protracted, long-lasting, long-drawn-out, drawn out, spun out, dragged out, strung out;
extensive, lengthy, long;
lengthened, increased, stretched out;
elongated, enlarged, widened
1.2Straighten or spread out (the body or a limb or device) at full length: hold the index finger down with the thumb extended (as adjective extending) a case with wheels and an extending handle
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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, open out;
unroll, unfurl
1.3 [no object] Spread from a central point to cover a wider area: the damage extended 400 yards either side of the shop
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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.
1.4 [no object] Occupy a specified area: the mountains extend over the western end of the island
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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.
1.5 [no object] (extend to) 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, go/extend as far as, take in, incorporate, encompass, comprise, comprehend, subsume, be applicable to
2Hold (something) out towards 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, put out, stick out, hold forth, put forth, reach out;
offer, give, outstretch, proffer
2.1Offer or make available: she extended an invitation to her to stay
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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, hold out, advance;
give, grant, bestow, accord, present, confer, impart
3Cause (someone or something) to exert the utmost effort: horses have the strength of character to extend themselves to their utmost limit
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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: /ɪkstɛndəˈbɪlɪti/ Pronunciation: /ɛkstɛndəˈbɪlɪti/
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: /ɪkˈstɛndəb(ə)l/
Pronunciation: /ɛkˈstɛndəb(ə)l/
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: /ɪkstɛndɪˈbɪlɪti/
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: /ɪkˈstɛndəb(ə)l/
Pronunciation: /ɛkˈstɛndəb(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

amend, append, apprehend, ascend, attend, befriend, bend, blend, blende, commend, comprehend, condescend, contend, defriend, depend, emend, end, expend, fend, forfend, friend, impend, interdepend, lend, mend, misapprehend, misspend, offend, on-trend, Oostende, Ostend, perpend, portend, rend, reprehend, scrag-end, send, spend, subtend, suspend, tail end, tend, transcend, trend, underspend, unfriend, upend, vend, weekend, wend

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