Definition of elongate in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈiːlɒŋgeɪt


[with object] (usually as adjective elongated)
  • 1Make (something) longer, especially unusually so in relation to its width: a slender, elongated neck
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    • Their flat, scaleless bellies and slender, elongated bodies facilitate the process.
    • The figures of his angels are elongated, with wings stretched upward as if they were sculpted by the Gothic masters.
    • Each is comprised of two or three elongated strips of material stretching from above eye level and continuing near the ground.
    lengthen, stretch out, make longer, extend, broaden, widen, enlarge
  • 1.1 [no object] chiefly Biology Become longer: the pup’s globular body slowly elongates
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    • In contrast to aerobic germination where the radicle emerged first and both root and shoot growth were observed, only the shoot emerged and elongated during the entire anaerobic incubation period.
    • For example, as the deposition of lignins limits plant cell wall extension, lignification must be regulated so that it occurs after a cell has elongated so as not to impinge on plant growth.
    • In several cases the pollen tubes emerged and elongated rapidly, then burst, with the cytoplasm streaming out of the burst tip.


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  • Long in relation to width; elongated: elongate fishes
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    • One of the most prominent characteristics of early vertebrates is the elongate caudal fin bearing fin rays.
    • The forelimbs are elongate and are positioned ventrally.
    • Fertile fronds have clusters of elongate sporangia that partially replace pinnules.


late Middle English (in the sense 'move away'): from late Latin elongat- 'placed at a distance', from the verb elongare, from Latin e- (variant of ex-) 'away' + longe 'far off', longus 'long'.

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