extend Definition

  • 1to make something longer or larger
  • 2to offer or make available
  • 3to cause something to last longer

Using extend: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "extend" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    We need to extend the deadline for this project.

  • Example

    The company plans to extend its product line.

  • Example

    Can you extend your stay in London?

  • Example

    The bridge extends across the river.

  • Example

    I would like to extend my gratitude to everyone who helped me.

extend Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for extend

Idioms Using extend

  • to make an offer of peace or reconciliation


    After their argument, he decided to extend the olive branch and apologize.

  • to offer help or support


    In times of need, it's important to extend a hand to those who are struggling.

  • to exert oneself beyond normal limits


    She extended herself to complete the project on time.

Phrases with extend

  • to invite someone formally


    I would like to extend an invitation to our annual gala.

  • extend one's condolences

    to express sympathy to someone who has experienced a loss


    I want to extend my condolences to you and your family.

  • to allow someone to borrow money or purchase something on credit


    The bank refused to extend credit to him because of his poor credit history.

Origins of extend

from Latin 'extendere', meaning 'to stretch out'


Summary: extend in Brief

To 'extend' [ɪkˈstɛnd] means to make something longer or larger, to offer or make available, or to cause something to last longer. It can refer to physical objects, such as 'The bridge extends across the river,' or abstract concepts, such as 'We need to extend the deadline for this project.' 'Extend' is also used in phrases like 'extend an invitation' and idioms like 'extend the olive branch,' which means to make an offer of peace or reconciliation.

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