Something that is extended has been fully stretched out or elongated. An extended period of time is an extremely long period of time.


Adjective S.
great in range or scope; "an extended vocabulary"; "surgeons with extended experience"; "extensive examples of picture writing"; "suffered extensive damage"; "a wide selection"

Adjective S.
large in spatial extent or range; "an extensive Roman settlement in northwest England"; "extended farm lands"

Adjective S.
beyond the literal or primary sense; "`hot off the press'' shows an extended sense of `hot''"

fully extended or stretched forth; "an extended telescope"; "his extended legs reached almost across the small room"; "refused to accept the extended hand"

Adjective S.
drawn out or made longer spatially; "Picasso''s elongated Don Quixote"; "lengthened skirts are fashionable this year"; "the extended airport runways can accommodate larger planes"; "a prolonged black line across the page"


Adjective S.
relatively long in duration; tediously protracted; "a drawn-out argument"; "an extended discussion"; "a lengthy visit from her mother-in-law"; "a prolonged and bitter struggle"; "protracted negotiations"

imp. & p. p.
of Extend


Usage Examples

The Romans were not inventors of the supporting arch, but its extended use in vaults and intersecting barrel shapes and domes is theirs.

You look at the steamboat, the railroad, the car, the airplane - not all of these were invented in the Anglo-American world, but they were popularized and extended by it. They were made possible by the financial architecture, the capital intensive operations invented and developed by the Anglo-Americans.

I was extended secret service protection during my presidential run in 1984, when I received the most death threats ever made toward a candidate.

A family's photograph album is generally about the extended family and, often, is all that remains of it.

I'm often asked if I regret not going to Hollywood. I'm glad I didn't go, because if I had I wouldn't have my extended family, which is the fabric of my life. Only recently have I realised how special and unusual it is.

Misspelled Form

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Other Usage Examples

There's a sort of sibling moratorium when you're establishing yourself as an adult. So much of your energy has to be focused on other things like work and kids. But when people become more settled, siblings tend to regroup because now you're building a new extended family.

Emergency health care for illegal aliens along the southwestern border is already costing area hospitals $200 million a year, with perhaps another $100 million in extended care costs.

God is another name for human intelligence raised above all error and imperfection, and extended to all possible truth.

We shouldn't be debating whether to deal with the current code by allowing it to be extended or not. We should have a president who shows leadership and comes to Congress and says: 'You know what? We need to reform this whole tax code.'

It was my mom and I against the world. We lived in New York in this bohemian lifestyle where an extended group of artists and photographers were like my aunts and uncles.

The civility which money will purchase, is rarely extended to those who have none.


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