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Definition of 'extend'


  1. 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"
       Synonyms: widen broaden
  2. 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"
       Synonyms: run go pass lead
  3. 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"
       Synonyms: cover continue
  4. make available; provide; "extend a loan"; "The bank offers a good deal on new mortgages"
       Synonyms: offer
  5. thrust or extend out; "He held out his hand"; "point a finger"; "extend a hand"; "the bee exserted its sting"
       Synonyms: exsert stretch out put out hold out stretch forth
  6. reach outward in space; "The awning extends several feet over the sidewalk"
       Synonyms: poke out reach out
  7. offer verbally; "extend my greetings"; "He offered his sympathy"
       Synonyms: offer
  8. extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body; "Stretch your legs!"; "Extend your right arm above your head"
       Synonyms: stretch
  9. expand the influence of; "The King extended his rule to the Eastern part of the continent"
       Synonyms: expand
  10. 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"
       Synonyms: prolong protract draw out
  11. extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length; "Unfold the newspaper"; "stretch out that piece of cloth"; "extend the TV antenna"
       Synonyms: unfold stretch stretch out
  12. cause to move at full gallop; "Did you gallop the horse just now?"
       Synonyms: gallop
  13. open or straighten out; unbend; "Can we extend the legs of this dining table?"
  14. 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"
       Synonyms: strain
  15. prolong the time allowed for payment of; "extend the loan"
  16. continue or extend; "The civil war carried into the neighboring province"; "The disease extended into the remote mountain provinces"
       Synonyms: carry
  17. 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"
       Synonyms: stretch

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