elongate

When you lengthen or extend something, you elongate it. A yoga teacher might encourage you to reach up as high as you can, so that you elongate your spine.

The verb elongate means "to make long or longer," and it stems from the Late Latin elongare, "to extend or prolong." When you stretch something out, especially when it's longer than it is wide, you can say you elongate it. This word can also apply to non-tangible things: Your principal might elongate the semester if you have too many snow days, and you might elongate your vowels when speaking a foreign language. In science, it's also used as an adjective, for long, narrow creatives like elongate fish (otherwise known as eels).

Definitions of elongate
  1. verb
    make longer
    synonyms: lengthen
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    Antonyms:
    shorten
    make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration
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    draw out, extend, prolong, protract
    lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer
    stretch
    make long or longer by pulling and stretching
    extend
    prolong the time allowed for payment of
    temporise, temporize
    draw out a discussion or process in order to gain time
    spin, spin out
    prolong or extend
    shoetree, tree
    stretch (a shoe) on a shoetree
    type of:
    increase
    make bigger or more
  2. verb
    make long or longer by pulling and stretching
    synonyms: stretch
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    types:
    shoetree, tree
    stretch (a shoe) on a shoetree
    type of:
    lengthen
    make longer
  3. verb
    become long or longer
    synonyms: lengthen
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    shorten
    become short or shorter
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    grow
    become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain
  4. adjective
    having notably more length than width; being long and slender
    “an elongate tail tapering to a point”
    synonyms: elongated
    long
    primarily spatial sense; of relatively great or greater than average spatial extension or extension as specified
  5. adjective
    (of a leaf shape) long and narrow
    synonyms: linear
    simple, unsubdivided
    (botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions
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