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  • Extend in scope or range or area.
    • usage: "The law was extended to all citizens"; "widen the range of applications"; "broaden your horizon"; "Extend your backyard"
  • Stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point.
    • usage: "Service runs all the way to Cranbury"; "His knowledge doesn't go very far"; "My memory extends back to my fourth year of life"; "The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets"
  • Span an interval of distance, space or time.
    • usage: "The war extended over five years"; "The period covered the turn of the century"; "My land extends over the hills on the horizon"; "This farm covers some 200 acres"; "The Archipelago continues for another 500 miles"
  • Make available; provide.
    • usage: "extend a loan"; "The bank offers a good deal on new mortgages"
  • Thrust or extend out.
    • usage: "He held out his hand"; "point a finger"; "extend a hand"; "the bee exserted its sting"
  • Reach outward in space.
    • usage: "The awning extends several feet over the sidewalk"
  • Offer verbally.
    • usage: "extend my greetings"; "He offered his sympathy"
  • Extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body.
    • usage: "Stretch your legs"; "Extend your right arm above your head"
  • Expand the influence of.
    • usage: "The King extended his rule to the Eastern part of the continent"
  • Lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer.
    • usage: "We prolonged our stay"; "She extended her visit by another day"; "The meeting was drawn out until midnight"
  • Extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length.
    • usage: "Unfold the newspaper"; "stretch out that piece of cloth"; "extend the TV antenna"
  • Cause to move at full gallop.
    • usage: "Did you gallop the horse just now"
  • Open or straighten out; unbend.
    • usage: "Can we extend the legs of this dining table"
  • Use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity.
    • usage: "He really extended himself when he climbed Kilimanjaro"; "Don't strain your mind too much"
  • Prolong the time allowed for payment of.
    • usage: "extend the loan"
  • Continue or extend.
    • usage: "The civil war carried into the neighboring province"; "The disease extended into the remote mountain provinces"
  • Increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance.
    • usage: "stretch the soup by adding some more cream"; "extend the casserole with a little rice"
by WordNet 3.0 © 2006 by Princeton University
by Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary