- (intransitive) To increase in extent.
- (intransitive) To possess a certain extent.
- (transitive) To cause to increase in extent.
- (transitive) To cause to last for a longer period of time.
- (transitive) To straighten (a limb).
- (transitive) To bestow; to offer; to impart; to apply.
- to extend sympathy to the suffering
- to extend credit to a valued customer
- To increase in quantity by weakening or adulterating additions.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of G. P. Burnham to this entry?)
- 1897, Alonzo Lewis, James Robinson Newhall, History of Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts (page 155)
- […] the exalted morality of those virtuous brethren in the trade who, with consciences as weak as their own "extended" liquors, sought to convince him that to reduce the drink was a mercy to the poor deluded toper.
- (Britain, law) To value, as lands taken by a writ of extent in satisfaction of a debt; to assign by writ of extent.
- (object-oriented programming) 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.
- Synonym: inherit
to increase in extent
to possess a certain extent
to bestow, offer, impart
to cause to increase in extent
to cause to last for a longer period of time