extend

The verb extend can have several related meanings, including thrust out, continue, broaden, expand, unfold, span, or increase in scope.

Extend, as a verb, is used in many ways. You extend (hold out) your hand when you offer to shake. You extend (push forward) a deadline when you add a few days to it. Your belly might extend (broaden) after a holiday dinner. A telescope extends (expands) your range of vision. If the list of definitions for extend were infinite, you could extend (add to) that list forever and ever. But your patience might not extend that far.

Definitions of extend
  1. verb
    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”
    synonyms: go, lead, pass, run
    range, run
    change or be different within limits
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    come
    extend or reach
    radiate, ray
    extend or spread outward from a center or focus or inward towards a center
    go deep, go far
    extend in importance or range
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    be
    occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere
  2. verb
    span an interval of distance, space or time
    “The war extended over five years”
    “My land extends over the hills on the horizon”
    synonyms: continue, cover
    cover
    hold within range of an aimed firearm
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    cross, span, sweep, traverse
    to cover or extend over an area or time period
    sweep
    cover the entire range of
    overlap
    extend over and cover a part of
    overspread, spread
    spread across or over
    ridge
    extend in ridges
    constellate, dot, stud
    scatter or intersperse like dots or studs
    rake
    sweep the length of
    imbricate
    overlap
    transgress
    spread over land, especially along a subsiding shoreline
    type of:
    be
    occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere
  3. verb
    extend in scope or range or area
    “The law was extended to all citizens”
    Extend your backyard”
    synonyms: broaden, widen
    expand
    expand the influence of
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    broaden
    make broader
    territorialise, territorialize
    extend by adding territory
    globalise, globalize
    make world-wide in scope or application
    stretch
    extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly
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    increase
    make bigger or more
  4. verb
    continue or extend
    “The disease extended into the remote mountain provinces”
    synonyms: carry
    draw out, prolong, protract
    lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer
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    continue
    exist over a prolonged period of time
  5. verb
    expand the influence of
    “The King extended his rule to the Eastern part of the continent”
    synonyms: expand
    broaden, widen
    extend in scope or range or area
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  6. verb
    lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer
    “She extended her visit by another day”
    synonyms: draw out, prolong, protract
    carry
    continue or extend
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    temporise, temporize
    draw out a discussion or process in order to gain time
    spin, spin out
    prolong or extend
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    elongate, lengthen
    make longer
  7. verb
    prolong the time allowed for payment of
    extend the loan”
    Synonyms:
    carry
    continue or extend
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    draw out, prolong, protract
    lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer
  8. verb
    reach outward in space
    “The awning extends several feet over the sidewalk”
    synonyms: poke out, reach out
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    be
    occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere
  9. verb
    thrust or extend out
    extend a hand”
    synonyms: exsert, hold out, put out, stretch forth, stretch out
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    hyperextend
    extend a joint beyond its normal range
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    gesticulate, gesture, motion
    show, express, or direct through movement
  10. verb
    extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body
    Extend your right arm above your head”
    synonyms: stretch
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    spread-eagle
    stretch out completely
    crane, stretch out
    stretch (the neck) so as to see better
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    strain, tense, tense up
    cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious
  11. verb
    open or straighten out; unbend
    “Can we extend the legs of this dining table?”
    Synonyms:
    stretch, stretch out, unfold
    extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length
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    straighten, straighten out
    make straight
  12. verb
    extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length
    extend the TV antenna”
    synonyms: stretch, stretch out, unfold
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    change form, change shape, deform
    assume a different shape or form
  13. verb
    make available; provide
    extend a loan”
    synonyms: offer
    offer
    offer verbally
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    furnish, provide, render, supply
    give something useful or necessary to
  14. verb
    offer verbally
    extend my greetings”
    synonyms: offer
    offer
    make available; provide
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    give, pay
    convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow
  15. verb
    use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity
    “He really extended himself when he climbed Kilimanjaro”
    synonyms: strain
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    overextend, overstrain
    strain excessively
    task, tax
    use to the limit
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    apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize
    put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose
  16. verb
    cause to move at full gallop
    synonyms: gallop
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    ride, sit
    sit and travel on the back of animal, usually while controlling its motions
  17. verb
    increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance
    extend the casserole with a little rice”
    synonyms: stretch
    adulterate, debase, dilute, load, stretch
    corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones
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    increase
    make bigger or more
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