Definition of extent
1 archaic : valuation (as of land) in Great Britain especially for taxation
2a : seizure (as of land) in execution of a writ of extent in Great Britain; also : the condition of being so seizedb : a writ giving to a creditor temporary possession of his debtor's property
3a : the range over which something extends : scope the extent of her jurisdictionb : the point, degree, or limit to which something extends using talents to the greatest extentc : the amount of space or surface that something occupies or the distance over which it extends : magnitude the extent of the forest
Examples of extent in a Sentence
She tried to determine the extent of the damage.
the full extent of human knowledge
He questions the extent to which these remedies are needed.
Recent Examples of extent from the Web
Scientists now increasingly believe that certain slow-developing climate processes will amplify warming to a greater extent in the future, putting the models in the right after all.
The results show the extent to which sex is an implicit part of our interactions.
If the development isn’t generally suspicious, the specific timing and extent of it certainly is.
The extent and costs of the damage in Ukraine remains unclear, although on the streets of Kiev, the capital, life appears largely back to normal.
The extent of those cuts, along with the other changes the plan would create, threaten huge disruptions across the healthcare system, as Noam Levey reported.
Yet, the extent and scale of the demands appear designed to induce a rejection by Qatar, and a possible justification for a continuation, if not escalation, of the crisis.
Flynn was Trump's former national security adviser, who resigned Feb. 13 after less than a month in the position over misleading the vice president about the extent of his interactions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
People can live in a state of unresponsive wakefulness for many years with the chances of recovery depending on the extent of the brain injury.
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Origin and Etymology of extent
Middle English, from Anglo-French estente, extente land valuation, from extendre, estendre to survey, evaluate, literally, to extend
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
EXTENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of extent for English Language Learners
: the range, distance, or space that is covered or affected by something or included in something
: the point or limit to which something extends or reaches
EXTENT Defined for Kids
Definition of extent for Students
1 : the distance or range that is covered or affected by something
2 : the point, degree, or limit to which something reaches or extends the extent of our property
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