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"extend" in British English

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extendverb

uk   us   /ɪkˈstend/

extend verb (INCREASE)

B2 [T] to ​add to something in ​order to make it ​bigger or ​longer: We have ​plans to extend ​ourhouse (= to make it ​bigger). The ​government has ​produced a ​series of ​leafletsdesigned to extend (= ​increase)publicawareness of the ​dangers of ​AIDS. We're ​planning to extend ​ourpublishing of children's ​books (= ​increase it).B2 [T] to make something last ​longer: The ​bar has ​recently extended ​itsopeninghours (= made them ​longer). I need to extend my ​visa (= make it last ​longer).
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extend verb (STRETCH)

[T] to ​stretch something out: We've extended a ​clothesline (= made it ​reach) between two ​trees in the ​garden. He extended his ​hand as a ​greeting (= ​held out his ​hand for someone to ​shake it).

extend verb (REACH)

B2 [I usually + adv/prep] to ​reach, ​stretch, or ​continue: The Sahara Desert extends formiles. The ​path extends beyond the end of the ​road. Rain is ​expected to extend to (= ​arrive in) all ​parts of the ​country by this ​evening. The ​effects of this ​legislation will extend (= ​reach)further than the ​governmentintends.
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extend verb (OFFER)

[T] formal to ​offer or give something to someone: I should like to extend my thanks to you for ​yourkindness. The ​chairperson extended a ​warm welcome to the ​guestspeaker. The ​government is extending ​aid to ​people who have been ​affected by the ​earthquake. [+ two objects] The ​bank has ​agreed to extend us ​money/extend ​money to us (= ​lend us ​money) to ​buyourhouse.

extend verb (INCLUDE)

[I + adv/prep] to ​include or ​affect someone or something: Parking ​restrictions do not extend todisabledpeople. Her new-found ​tolerance does not extend to ​singlemothers. The ​invitation did not extend to ​familymembers.

extend verb (USE ABILITY)

[T] to ​cause someone to use all ​theirability: She ​feels that her ​job doesn't extend her enough.
(Definition of extend from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"extend" in American English

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extendverb

 us   /ɪkˈstend/

extend verb (REACH)

[I/T] to ​reach, ​continue, or ​stretch: [I] Farmland extends for ​miles in every ​direction. [I] The ​meeting extended into the late ​hours of the ​night. [T] He extended his ​hand to ​greet me.

extend verb (INCREASE)

[T] to ​add to something in ​order to make it ​longer; ​increase: The ​store has ​recently extended ​itshours. I might have extended this ​essay to ​include more ​information. [T] To extend something is also to ​increaseitsrange so that it ​includes more: The ​proposedlaw would extend ​healthinsurance to all ​children.

extend verb (OFFER)

[T] to ​offer or give: I would like to extend my ​thanks to everybody for making this ​evening a ​success. We’d like to extend ​ourcondolences to the ​family.
(Definition of extend from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"extend" in Business English

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extendverb

uk   us   /ɪkˈstend/
[I or T] to ​increase the ​period of ​time during which something is ​effective, or to last for a particular ​period of ​time: At ​present they are only ​open four days a week but they ​plan to extend their ​hours. extend an ​agreement/a ​contract/a ​deadlineextend sth from sth to sth Under the ​proposal the presidential ​term would be extended from five to six ​years.extend into sth It looks as if the ​finaltalks will extend into June.extend for sth Don't ​accept any ​loan that extends for more ​years than you ​plan to ​keep the ​car.
[T] to give or ​offer something to someone: extend benefits/coverage The ​proposal would extend ​medicalinsurancecoverage to 95% of the ​population, ​including every child.extend credit By ​buying and ​packagingmortgages, Wall Street ​enabled the ​lenders to extend ​crediteven as the dangers ​grew in the ​housingmarket.
[T] to ​increase the ​size or ​range of something: The company's ​premises have been extended. The company's own-label ​range has been extended to ​include a dining ​line. The two ​educators are ​responsible for extending college ​businessprograms beyond the classroom.
(Definition of extend from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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