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Definition of "extend" [ex•tend]

  • 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.

Use "extend" in a sentence
  • "Cut the marabou at the length you want the feather to extend from the head to the tail, cutting it towards the base of the feather and not the tip."
  • "Property rights extend from the center of the earth to the sky."
  • "For underhanded pitching, the line should extend from the rod tip down to the lure, which should be even with the reel."