Ex·tend v. t. [imp. & p. p. Extended; p. pr. & vb. n. Extending.]
1. To stretch out; to prolong in space; to carry forward or continue in length; as, to extend a line in surveying; to extend a cord across the street.
Few extend their thoughts toward universal knowledge. --Locke.
2. To enlarge, as a surface or volume; to expand; to spread; to amplify; as, to extend metal plates by hammering or rolling them.
3. To enlarge; to widen; to carry out further; as, to extend the capacities, the sphere of usefulness, or commerce; to extend power or influence; to continue, as time; to lengthen; to prolong; as, to extend the time of payment or a season of trial.
4. To hold out or reach forth, as the arm or hand.
His helpless hand extend. --Dryden.
5. To bestow; to offer; to impart; to apply; as, to extend sympathy to the suffering.
6. To increase in quantity by weakening or adulterating additions; as, to extend liquors.
7. Eng. Law To value, as lands taken by a writ of extent in satisfaction of a debt; to assign by writ of extent.
Extended letter Typog., a letter, or style of type, having a broader face than is usual for a letter or type of the same height.
Syn: -- To increase; enlarge; expand; widen; diffuse. See Increase.
adj 1: relatively long in duration; tediously protracted; "a
drawn-out argument"; "an extended discussion"; "a
lengthy visit from her mother-in-law"; "a prolonged
and bitter struggle"; "protracted negotiations" [syn:
drawn-out, lengthy, prolonged, protracted]
2: fully extended or stretched forth; "an extended telescope";
"his extended legs reached almost across the small room";
"refused to accept the extended hand" [ant: unextended]
3: great in range or scope; "an extended vocabulary"; "surgeons
with extended experience"; "extensive examples of picture
writing"; "suffered extensive damage"; "a wide selection"
[syn: extensive, wide]
4: drawn out or made longer spatially; "Picasso's elongated Don
Quixote"; "lengthened skirts are fashionable this year";
"the extended airport runways can accommodate larger
planes"; "a prolonged black line across the page" [syn: elongated,
5: beyond the literal or primary sense; "`hot off the press'
shows an extended sense of `hot'"
6: large in spatial extent or range; "an extensive Roman
settlement in northwest England"; "extended farm lands"