Extend vs. Flex

Extend vs. Flex — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Extend and Flex

Extendverb

To cause (something) to be longer, wider, or cover more area

extended the subway line into the next town.

Flexverb

To bend (something pliant or elastic).

Extendverb

To enlarge the scope or effect of

research that extended our knowledge of the universe.

Flexverb

To bend (a joint).

Extendverb

To cause (something) to last longer

extended our visit by a day.

Flexverb

To bend (a joint) repeatedly.

Extendverb

To prolong the time allowed for payment of

extend a loan for three more months.

Flexverb

To contract (a muscle, for example).

Extendverb

To put off; postpone

extended the deadline by a week.

Flexverb

To move by muscular control

"Sandy flexes his brow characteristically" (Scott Turow).

Extendverb

To present; offer

extend one's greetings.

Flexverb

To exhibit or show off the strength of

"They had spent six years since the lightning Six Day War flexing their invincibility" (Howard Kaplan).

Extendverb

To make available; provide

extend credit to qualified purchasers.

Flexverb

To bend

"His hands flexed nervously as he spoke" (Mary McCarthy).

Extendverb

To open or straighten (something) out; unbend

extended the legs of the folding table.

Flexnoun

Chiefly British Flexible insulated electric cord.

Extendverb

To increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance

used rice or pasta to extend leftover casseroles.

Flexnoun

The act or an instance of flexing; a bending.

Extendverb

To exert (oneself) vigorously or to full capacity

Few mountain climbers have extended themselves as those two have.

Flexnoun

Flexibility

a schedule with a lot of flex.

Extendverb

To cause to move at full gallop. Used of a horse.

Flexnoun

(uncountable) Flexibility, pliancy.

Extendverb

To appraise or assess; value.

Flexnoun

(countable) The act of flexing.

Extendverb

To seize or make a levy on for the purpose of settling a debt.

Flexnoun

Any flexible insulated electrical wiring.

Extendverb

To be or become long, large, or comprehensive

influence that extended to other continents.table legs that extend by unscrewing.

Flexnoun

A point of inflection.

Extendverb

(intransitive) To increase in extent.

Flexverb

To bend something.

Extendverb

(intransitive) To possess a certain extent.

Flexverb

To repeatedly bend one of one's joints.

Extendverb

(transitive) To cause to increase in extent.

Flexverb

To move part of the body using one's muscles.

Extendverb

(transitive) To cause to last for a longer period of time.

Flexverb

To tighten the muscles for display of size or strength.

Extendverb

(transitive) To straighten (a limb).

Flexverb

To flaunt one's superiority.

Extendverb

To bestow; to offer; to impart; to apply.

to extend sympathy to the suffering

Flexnoun

the act of flexing;

he gave his biceps a flex to impress the ladies

Extendverb

To increase in quantity by weakening or adulterating additions.

Flexverb

contract;

flex a muscle

Extendverb

To value, as lands taken by a writ of extent in satisfaction of a debt; to assign by writ of extent.

Flexverb

exhibit the strength of;

The victorious army flexes its invincibility

Extendverb

(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.

Flexverb

form a curve;

The stick does not bend

Extendverb

extend in scope or range or area;

The law was extended to all citizenswiden the range of applicationsbroaden your horizonExtend your backyard

Flexverb

bend a joint;

flex your wristsbend your knees

Extendverb

stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point;

Service runs all the way to CranburyHis knowledge doesn't go very farMy memory extends back to my fourth year of lifeThe facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets

Flexverb

cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form;

bend the rodtwist the dough into a braidthe strong man could turn an iron bar

Extendverb

span an interval of distance, space or time;

The war extended over five yearsThe period covered the turn of the centuryMy land extends over the hills on the horizonThis farm covers some 200 acres

Extendverb

make available; provide;

extend a loanThe bank offers a good deal on new mortgages

Extendverb

thrust or extend out;

He held out his handpoint a fingerextend a handthe bee exserted its sting

Extendverb

reach outward in space;

The awning extends several feet over the sidewalk

Extendverb

offer verbally;

extend my greetingsHe offered his sympathy

Extendverb

extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body;

Stretch your legs!Extend your right arm above your head

Extendverb

expand the influence of;

The King extended his rule to the Eastern part of the continent

Extendverb

lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer;

We prolonged our stayShe extended her visit by another dayThe meeting was drawn out until midnight

Extendverb

extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length;

Unfold the newspaperstretch out that piece of clothextend the TV antenna

Extendverb

cause to move at full gallop;

Did you gallop the horse just now?

Extendverb

open or straighten out; unbend;

Can we extend the legs of this dining table?

Extendverb

use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity;

He really extended himself when he climbed KilimanjaroDon't strain your mind too much

Extendverb

prolong the time allowed for payment of;

extend the loan

Extendverb

continue or extend;

The civil war carried into the neighboring provinceThe disease extended into the remote mountain provinces

Extendverb

increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance;

stretch the soup by adding some more creamextend the casserole with a little rice