ex|tend [ ık`stend ] verb ***
▸ 1 continue in space/time
▸ 2 increase size/range etc.
▸ 3 offer greeting
▸ 4 increase length
▸ 5 lend money etc.
▸ 6 affect/include someone/something
1. ) intransitive extend from/into/over/beyond/for etc. to continue for a particular distance or in a particular direction:
The beach extends beyond the horizon.
An industrial zone extends along the river.
an area extending from the Baltic coast to the Alps
a ) extend over/beyond etc. FORMAL to continue for a particular period of time:
This license does not extend beyond the end of May.
a festival that extends over a period of weeks
2. ) intransitive or transitive to increase the size of a building or area, especially by adding extra parts onto it:
We're going to extend the ground 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 vacation.
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 the completion of the construction work.
d ) extend your lead to increase the amount by which you are winning in a race, game, or competition
3. ) transitive FORMAL to offer something such as a welcome, thanks, or sympathy to someone:
We extend our apologies for the inconvenience caused.
extend something to someone: Let's all extend a warm welcome to our visitors.
4. ) transitive to increase the length of something: LENGTHEN:
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 toward the horrified onlookers.
b ) intransitive to become longer:
Does this ladder extend?
5. ) transitive 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.
extend your hand
to hold out your hand to someone so they can shake it as a greeting

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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