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Lengthen vs. Extend

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  • Lengthen (verb)

    To make longer, to extend the length of.

  • Lengthen (verb)

    To become longer.

    "The shadows on the lawn lengthened as the sun began to set."

  • Extend (verb)

    To increase in extent.

  • Extend (verb)

    To possess a certain extent.

  • Extend (verb)

    To cause to increase in extent.

  • Extend (verb)

    To cause to last for a longer period of time.

  • Extend (verb)

    To straighten (a limb).

  • Extend (verb)

    To bestow; to offer; to impart; to apply.

    "to extend sympathy to the suffering"

  • Extend (verb)

    To increase in quantity by weakening or adulterating additions.

  • Extend (verb)

    To value, as lands taken by a writ of extent in satisfaction of a debt; to assign by writ of extent.

  • Extend (verb)

    Of a class: to be an extension or subtype of, or to be based on, a prototype or a more abstract class.

    "The classes Person and Dog extend the class Animal."

    "inherit"

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  • Lengthen

    To extent in length; to make longer in extent or duration; as, to lengthen a line or a road; to lengthen life; - sometimes followed by out.

  • Lengthen (verb)

    To become longer.

  • Extend

    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.

  • Extend

    To enlarge, as a surface or volume; to expand; to spread; to amplify; as, to extend metal plates by hammering or rolling them.

  • Extend

    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.

  • Extend

    To hold out or reach forth, as the arm or hand.

  • Extend

    To bestow; to offer; to impart; to apply; as, to extend sympathy to the suffering.

  • Extend

    To increase in quantity by weakening or adulterating additions; as, to extend liquors.

  • Extend

    To value, as lands taken by a writ of extent in satisfaction of a debt; to assign by writ of extent.

Webster Dictionary
  • Lengthen (verb)

    make longer;

    "Lengthen this skirt, please"

  • Lengthen (verb)

    become long or longer;

    "In Spring, the days lengthen"

  • Extend (verb)

    extend in scope or range or area;

    "The law was extended to all citizens"

    "widen the range of applications"

    "broaden your horizon"

    "Extend your backyard"

  • Extend (verb)

    stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point;

    "Service runs all the way to Cranbury"

    "His knowledge doesn't go very far"

    "My memory extends back to my fourth year of life"

    "The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets"

  • Extend (verb)

    span an interval of distance, space or time;

    "The war extended over five years"

    "The period covered the turn of the century"

    "My land extends over the hills on the horizon"

    "This farm covers some 200 acres"

  • Extend (verb)

    make available; provide;

    "extend a loan"

    "The bank offers a good deal on new mortgages"

  • Extend (verb)

    thrust or extend out;

    "He held out his hand"

    "point a finger"

    "extend a hand"

    "the bee exserted its sting"

  • Extend (verb)

    reach outward in space;

    "The awning extends several feet over the sidewalk"

  • Extend (verb)

    offer verbally;

    "extend my greetings"

    "He offered his sympathy"

  • Extend (verb)

    extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body;

    "Stretch your legs!"

    "Extend your right arm above your head"

  • Extend (verb)

    expand the influence of;

    "The King extended his rule to the Eastern part of the continent"

  • Extend (verb)

    lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer;

    "We prolonged our stay"

    "She extended her visit by another day"

    "The meeting was drawn out until midnight"

  • Extend (verb)

    extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length;

    "Unfold the newspaper"

    "stretch out that piece of cloth"

    "extend the TV antenna"

  • Extend (verb)

    cause to move at full gallop;

    "Did you gallop the horse just now?"

  • Extend (verb)

    open or straighten out; unbend;

    "Can we extend the legs of this dining table?"

  • Extend (verb)

    use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity;

    "He really extended himself when he climbed Kilimanjaro"

    "Don't strain your mind too much"

  • Extend (verb)

    prolong the time allowed for payment of;

    "extend the loan"

  • Extend (verb)

    continue or extend;

    "The civil war carried into the neighboring province"

    "The disease extended into the remote mountain provinces"

  • Extend (verb)

    increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance;

    "stretch the soup by adding some more cream"

    "extend the casserole with a little rice"

Princeton's WordNet

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