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 Dictionary entry overview: What does extended mean? 

EXTENDED (adjective)
  The adjective EXTENDED has 5 senses:

1. relatively long in duration; tediously protracted
2. fully extended or stretched forth
3. drawn out or made longer spatially
4. beyond the literal or primary sense
5. large in spatial extent or range or scope or quantity

  Familiarity information: EXTENDED used as an adjective is common.

 Dictionary entry details 

EXTENDED (adjective)

Sense 1extended [BACK TO TOP]


Relatively long in duration; tediously protracted


drawn-out; extended; lengthy; prolonged; protracted

Context examples:

a drawn-out argument / an extended discussion / a lengthy visit from her mother-in-law / a prolonged and bitter struggle / protracted negotiations


long (primarily temporal sense; being or indicating a relatively great or greater than average duration or passage of time or a duration as specified)

Sense 2extended [BACK TO TOP]


Fully extended or stretched forth

Context examples:

an extended telescope / his extended legs reached almost across the small room / refused to accept the extended hand


outspread; spread (fully extended in width)

outstretched (fully extended especially in length)

sprawly (spread out irregularly)

spread-eagle (with arms and legs stretched out and apart)

stretched (extended or spread over a wide area or distance)


unextended (not extended or stretched out)

Sense 3extended [BACK TO TOP]


Drawn out or made longer spatially


lengthened; elongated; prolonged; extended

Context examples:

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


long (primarily spatial sense; of relatively great or greater than average spatial extension or extension as specified)

Sense 4extended [BACK TO TOP]


Beyond the literal or primary sense

Context example:

'hot off the press' shows an extended sense of 'hot'


figurative; nonliteral ((used of the meanings of words or text) not literal; using figures of speech)

Sense 5extended [BACK TO TOP]


Large in spatial extent or range or scope or quantity


extensive; extended

Context examples:

an extensive Roman settlement in northwest England / extended farm lands / surgeons with extended experience / they suffered extensive damage


big; large (above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent)

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