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UK [ɪkˈstend] / US verb
Word forms "extend":
present tense I/you/we/they extend he/she/it extends present participle extending past tense extended past participle extended
a) [intransitive] to continue for a particular distance or in a particular direction
extend from/into/over/beyond/for etc:

The beach extends beyond the horizon.

An industrial zone extends along the river.

an area extending from the Baltic coast to the Alps

b) formal to continue for a particular period of time
extend over/beyond etc:

This licence does not extend beyond the end of May.

a festival that extends over a period of weeks

2) [intransitive/transitive] to increase the size of a building or area, especially by adding extra parts onto it

We're going to extend the first floor.

a plan to extend the cemetery

a) [transitive] to make something include more things, areas, or subjects

The company has recently extended its range of products.

The course has been extended to include the history of art.

b) [transitive] to increase the power of something
extend influence/control:

an attempt to extend their influence in world affairs

c) [transitive] to increase the time that something lasts

I asked if I could extend my holiday.

Your bank might agree to extend the period of the loan.

extend a deadline (= give someone more time in which to do something):

They have agreed to extend the deadline for completion of the building work.

3) [transitive] to increase the length of something

You can extend the table by pulling out the middle section.

a) [transitive] to stretch out your arms or legs so that they are straight

He stood there, his arms extended towards the horrified villagers.

b) [intransitive] to become longer

Does this ladder extend?

4) [transitive] formal to offer something such as a welcome, thanks, or sympathy to someone
extend something to someone:

May I extend my congratulations to the winners?

We extend our apologies for the inconvenience caused.

5) [transitive] formal to agree to lend someone money or to give them credit
extend something to someone:

banks that extend loans to small businesses

Suppliers do not always extend credit to new customers.

6) [intransitive] to affect or include someone or something
extend to:

This law extends to children under the age of 14 only.

English dictionary. 2014.

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