extent

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noun ex·tent \ik-ˈstent\

Definition of extent

  1. 1 archaic :  valuation (as of land) in Great Britain especially for taxation

  2. 2 a :  seizure (as of land) in execution of a writ of extent in Great Britain; also :  the condition of being so seized b :  a writ giving to a creditor temporary possession of his debtor's property

  3. 3 a :  the range over which something extends :  scope <the extent of her jurisdiction> b :  the point, degree, or limit to which something extends <using talents to the greatest extent> c :  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

  1. She tried to determine the extent of the damage.

  2. the full extent of human knowledge

  3. He questions the extent to which these remedies are needed.

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 century



EXTENT Defined for English Language Learners

extent

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noun ex·tent \ik-ˈstent\

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

extent

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noun ex·tent \ik-ˈstent\

Definition of extent for Students

  1. 1 :  the distance or range that is covered or affected by something

  2. 2 :  the point, degree, or limit to which something reaches or extends <the extent of our property>



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