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.