verb (used with object), e·lon·gat·ed, e·lon·gat·ing.

  1. to draw out to greater length; lengthen; extend.

verb (used without object), e·lon·gat·ed, e·lon·gat·ing.

  1. to increase in length.

adjective Also e·lon·gat·ed.

  1. extended; lengthened.
  2. long and thin.


  1. to make or become longer; stretch


  1. long and narrow; slenderelongate leaves
  2. lengthened or tapered

1530s, from Late Latin elongatus, past participle of elongare “to prolong, protract” (see elongation). Earlier in the same sense was elongen (mid-15c.). Related: Elongated; elongating.

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