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Verb: extend  ik'stend or ek'stend
  1. Increase in scope, range or area
    "The law was extended to all citizens"; "Extend your backyard";
    - widen, broaden
  2. Stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point
    "My memory extends back to my fourth year of life"; "The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets";
    - run, go, pass, lead
  3. Span an interval of distance, space or time
    "The war extended over five years"; "My land extends over the hills on the horizon";
    - cover, continue
  4. Make available; provide
    "extend a loan";
    - offer
  5. Thrust or extend out
    "extend a hand";
    - exsert, stretch out, put out, hold out, stretch forth
  6. Reach outward in space
    "The awning extends several feet over the pavement";
    - poke out, reach out
  7. Offer verbally
    "extend my greetings";
    - offer
  8. Extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body
    "Extend your right arm above your head";
    - stretch
  9. Extend the influence of
    "The King extended his rule to the Eastern part of the continent";
    - expand
  10. Lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer
    "She extended her visit by another day";
    - prolong, protract, draw out
  11. Make longer or of full length; remove folds by pulling
    "extend the TV antenna";
    - unfold, stretch, stretch out
  12. (riding) cause to move at full gallop
    "Did you extend the horse just now?";
    - 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";
    - strain
  15. Prolong the time allowed for payment of
    "extend the loan"
  16. Continue in location
    "The disease extended into the remote mountain provinces";
    - carry
  17. Increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance
    "extend the casserole with a little rice";
    - stretch

Derived forms: extends, extending, extended

See also: extend to

Type of: alter, apply, be, change, change form, change shape, continue, deform, employ, furnish, gesticulate, gesture, give, increase, lengthen, modify, motion, pay, provide, render, ride, sit, straighten, straighten out, strain, supply, tense, tense up, use, utilise [Brit], utilize

Encyclopedia: Extend