- To open or straighten (something) out; unbend: extended the legs of the folding table. (verb-transitive)
- To stretch or spread (something) out to greater or fullest length: extended the radio antenna. (verb-transitive)
- To exert (oneself) vigorously or to full capacity: Few mountain climbers have extended themselves as those two have. (verb-transitive)
- To cause to move at full gallop. Used of a horse. (verb-transitive)
- To increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance: used rice or pasta to extend leftover casseroles. (verb-transitive)
American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.