extends, extending, extended
1) VERB If you say that something, usually something large, extends for a particular distance or extends from one place to another, you are indicating its size or position.

[V for amount] The caves extend for some 18 kilometres...

[V to amount] The main stem will extend to around 12ft, if left to develop naturally...

[V amount] Our personal space extends about 12 to 18 inches around us...

[V from n to n] The high-speed train service is planned to extend from Paris to Bordeaux...

[V over n] The new territory would extend over one-fifth of Canada's land mass. [Also V to n]

2) VERB If an object extends from a surface or place, it sticks out from it.

[V from n] Billing's legs extended from the bushes and Anthony tripped over them as he retraced his steps.

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3) VERB If an event or activity extends over a period of time, it continues for that time.

[V from n to n] ...a playing career in first-class cricket that extended from 1894 to 1920...

[V over n] The courses are based on a weekly two-hour class, extending over a period of 25 weeks. [Also V to n]

4) VERB If something extends to a group of people, things, or activities, it includes or affects them.

[V to n/-ing] The service also extends to wrapping and delivering gifts...

[V to n/-ing] The talks will extend to the church, human rights groups and other social organizations...

[V beyond n] His influence extends beyond the TV viewing audience.

5) VERB If you extend something, you make it longer or bigger.

[V n] This year they have introduced three new products to extend their range...

[V n] The building was extended in 1500.

[V-ed] ...an extended exhaust pipe.

6) VERB If a piece of equipment or furniture extends, its length can be increased.

... a table which extends to accommodate extra guests...

[V to amount] The table extends to 220cm.

7) VERB If you extend something, you make it last longer than before or end at a later date.

[V n] They have extended the deadline by twenty-four hours.

[V-ed] ...an extended contract.

8) VERB If you extend something to other people or things, you make it include or affect more people or things.

[V n to n] It might be possible to extend the technique to other crop plants.

9) VERB If someone extends their hand, they stretch out their arm and hand to shake hands with someone. [WRITTEN]

[V n] The man extended his hand: `I'm Chuck'.


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