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noun extension pronunciation in British English /ɪkˈstenʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [countable] an extra room or rooms added to a building

    We are building an extension on the back of our house.

    extension to:

    He has applied for permission to build a single-storey extension to his house.

  2. 2
    [countable] a telephone line that is one of several lines coming from a main line

    What’s your extension?

    I’m on extension 334.

    a new extension number

  3. 3
    [countable] extra time that you are given to finish a piece of work, especially at college or university
    extension on:

    I’m going to ask for an extension on this essay.

    1. b.
      extra time that you are given to use a particular legal document or right

      a visa extension

      extension to:

      Brady wants a two-year extension to his contract.

    2. c.
      extra time that a shop, business, or bar is allowed to stay open

      There was a bar extension until midnight.

      extension to:

      Local shops have been granted an extension to opening hours.

  4. 4
    [countable] something that you add to a long thin object to make it able to reach somewhere

    This lead isn’t long enough – do you have an extension?

  5. 5
    [countable] something that develops from a particular custom, activity, idea etc
    extension of:

    Business entertainment seems a natural extension of Japan’s gift-giving culture.

    He sees local history as an extension of family history.

  6. 6
    [uncountable] formal the action of stretching part of your body

    His leg was now capable of full extension.

  7. 7
    [singular/uncountable] an increase in the power of something
    extension of:

    the further extension of state control


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