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extend

[ik-stend] /ɪkˈstɛnd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to stretch out; draw out to the full length:
He extended the measuring tape as far as it would go.
2.
to stretch, draw, or arrange in a given direction, or so as to reach a particular point, as a cord, wall, or line of troops.
3.
to stretch forth or hold out, as the arm or hand:
to extend one's hand in greeting.
4.
to place at full length, especially horizontally, as the body or limbs.
5.
to increase the length or duration of; lengthen; prolong:
to extend a visit.
6.
to stretch out in various or all directions; expand; spread out in area:
A huge tent was extended over the field.
7.
to enlarge the scope of, or make more comprehensive, as operations, influence, or meaning:
The European powers extended their authority in Asia.
8.
to provide as an offer or grant; offer; grant; give:
to extend aid to needy scholars.
9.
Finance. to postpone (the payment of a debt) beyond the time originally agreed upon.
10.
to increase the bulk or volume of, especially by adding an inexpensive or plentiful substance.
11.
Bookkeeping. to transfer (figures) from one column to another.
12.
Law.
  1. British. to assess or value.
  2. to make a seizure or levy upon, as land, by a writ of extent.
13.
Manège. to bring (a horse) into an extended attitude.
14.
to exert (oneself) to an unusual degree.
15.
Archaic. to exaggerate.
16.
Obsolete. to take by seizure.
verb (used without object)
17.
to be or become extended; stretch out in length, duration, or in various or all directions.
18.
to reach, as to a particular point.
19.
to increase in length, area, scope, etc.
20.
Manège. (of a horse) to come into an extended attitude.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English extenden < Latin extendere to stretch out. See ex-1, tend1
Related forms
extendible, extendable, adjective
extendibility, extendability, noun
nonextendible, adjective
nonextendibleness, noun
preextend, verb
superextend, verb
unextendable, adjective
unextendible, adjective
Synonyms
5. continue. See lengthen. 6. enlarge; widen, dilate. 8. bestow, impart.
Antonyms
1. shorten, contract.
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Examples for extends
  • This pervasion of persistent objects extends throughout the mission and campaign.
  • He extends his love and mercy offering a new freedom and hope.
  • The redemption theme extends beyond this biblical book through the genealogy.
  • It is a region of rolling hills and a broad plateau surface that extends into syria.
  • The law extends extraterritorially to people born in northern ireland.
  • The excretory bladder extends from the posterior end to the pharynx.
  • The lateral line is prominent and extends straight from head to tail.
  • Homeostatic regulation extends far beyond the control of temperature.
  • However, media ethics is a much larger topic and extends outside business ethics.
  • This acts as a filler which extends the overall profitability of illicit sales.
British Dictionary definitions for extends

extend

/ɪkˈstɛnd/
verb
1.
to draw out or be drawn out; stretch
2.
to last for a certain time his schooling extended for three years
3.
(intransitive) to reach a certain point in time or distance the land extends five miles
4.
(intransitive) to exist or occur the trees extended throughout the area
5.
(transitive) to increase (a building, etc) in size or area; add to or enlarge
6.
(transitive) to broaden the meaning or scope of the law was extended
7.
(transitive) to put forth, present, or offer to extend greetings
8.
to stretch forth (an arm, etc)
9.
(transitive) to lay out (a body) at full length
10.
(transitive) to strain or exert (a person or animal) to the maximum
11.
(transitive) to prolong (the time originally set) for payment of (a debt or loan), completion of (a task), etc
12.
(transitive) (accounting)
  1. to carry forward
  2. to calculate the amount of (a total, balance, etc)
13.
(transitive) (law) (formerly in England) to value or assess (land)
Derived Forms
extendible, extendable, adjective
extendibility, extendability, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin extendere to stretch out, from tendere to stretch
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Word Origin and History for extends
extend
late 14c., from Anglo-Fr. estendre (late 13c.), from L. extendere "stretch out," from ex- "out" + tendere "to stretch" (see tenet). Related: Extended; extending.
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extends in Medicine

extend ex·tend (ĭk-stěnd')
v. ex·tend·ed, ex·tend·ing, ex·tends
To straighten a limb; unbend.

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