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Definition of elongate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

elongate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈiːlɒŋɡeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlɔːŋɡeɪt//
 
, NAmE//ɪˈlɑːŋɡeɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they elongate
BrE BrE//ˈiːlɒŋɡeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlɔːŋɡeɪt//
 
, NAmE//ɪˈlɑːŋɡeɪt//
 
he / she / it elongates
BrE BrE//ˈiːlɒŋɡeɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlɔːŋɡeɪts//
 
, NAmE//ɪˈlɑːŋɡeɪts//
 
past simple elongated
BrE BrE//ˈiːlɒŋɡeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlɔːŋɡeɪtɪd//
 
, NAmE//ɪˈlɑːŋɡeɪtɪd//
 
past participle elongated
BrE BrE//ˈiːlɒŋɡeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlɔːŋɡeɪtɪd//
 
, NAmE//ɪˈlɑːŋɡeɪtɪd//
 
-ing form elongating
BrE BrE//ˈiːlɒŋɡeɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlɔːŋɡeɪtɪŋ//
 
, NAmE//ɪˈlɑːŋɡeɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] elongate (something) to become longer; to make something longer synonym lengthen Hold that stretch as you breathe out, elongating the spine from the base. The acid causes the cells to elongate by increasing the uptake of water. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘move away’): from late Latin elongat- ‘placed at a distance’, from the verb elongare, from Latin e- (variant of ex-) ‘away’ + longe ‘far off’, longus ‘long’.
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