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An increase in the length of time specified in a contract.

A part constituting an addition or enlargement, as in an annex to a building or an extension to a house. Addition to existing facilities.

An allowance of additional time for the payment of debts. An agreement between a debtor and his or her creditors, by which they allow the debtor further time for the payment of liabilities. A creditor's indulgence by giving a debtor further time to pay an existing debt.

The word extension, when used in its proper and usual sense in connection with a lease, means a prolongation of the previous leasehold estate. The distinction between extension and renewal of lease is chiefly that, in the case of renewal, a new lease is requisite, while, in the case of extension, the same lease continues in force during an additional period upon performance of a stipulated act. An option for renewal implies giving a new lease on the same terms as those of an old lease, while an option for extension contemplates a Continuance of an old lease for a further period.

Request for additional time to file an income tax return beyond the due date.


n. granting of a specific amount of extra time to make a payment, file a legal document after the date due, or continue a lease after the original expiration of the term.


(Expansion), noun addition, amplification, augmentation, broadening, dilatation, dilation, distention, enlargement, growth, increase, innrease of size, increment, magnification, prolatio, spreading, stretching, supplementation, widening


(Postponement), noun abeyance, added time, additional time, adjournment, break, continuance, continuation, deferment, deferral, delay, extra time, further time, intermission, moratorium, more time, pause, recess, respite, rest, stall, stay, suspension, suspennion of activity, temporary stop, temporary suspension
Associated concepts: extension for good cause, extension of payment, extension of renewal of note, extension of time
See also: accession, accretion, addition, additive, adjournment, adjunct, advance, appendix, appurtenance, augmentation, boom, continuance, continuation, deferment, development, enlargement, growth, increase, increment, inflation, insertion, latitude, magnitude, offshoot, organ, rider, stress, survival

EXTENSION, comm. law. This term is applied among merchants to signify an agreement made between a debtor and his creditors, by which the latter, in order to enable the former, embarrassed in his circumstances, to retrieve his standing, agree to wait for a definite length of time after their several claims should become due and payable, before they will demand payment.
     2. Among the French, a similar agreement is known by the name of atermoiement. Merl. Rep. mot Atermoiement.

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Please do not let your pooch get too far ahead of you on an extension lead.
There is also a fish-skeleton extension lead which has been put into mass production and is available to buy at 4,800 yen.
My husband had a fall in Clayton Square when a lady with a dog on an extension lead let her dog roam ahead of her.
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REPTILES and insects were killed in a fire that started because an electrical extension lead overheated.
Five-yearold George, who was on a 30ft extension lead with a harness, ran around four feet to the end of the pipe where he fell off.
It comes with lots of useful extras, including an extension lead for when you want to detach the head from the base, a so you can use it like a miner''s lamp, and a diffuser, which makes a real difference when using it.
It comes with lots of useful extras, including an extension lead for when you want to detach the head from the base, a headband so you can use it like a miner''s lamp, and a diffuser, which makes a real difference when using it.
An inquest into the deaths of Robert and Andrew held last week revealed the fire at Sunnysands Caravan Park in Barmouth was caused by wires from an extension lead overheating.
It's really useful for cutting outside - no extension lead needed and no power lead to get in the way.
A fire service spokesman said the cause of the blaze in the bedroom is understood to have been an uncoiled extension lead, fitted to an oil-fired heater, which overheated.
Since then it seems to have become a chore to attach the cable to my long extension lead and make sure that the lead is always well out of the way of the blade, or not, as the case was a few years ago when I managed to cut through it and live to tell the tale.