ex·​tent | \ ik-ˈstent How to pronounce extent (audio) \

Definition of extent

1a : the range over which something extends : scope the extent of her jurisdiction
b : the amount of space or surface that something occupies or the distance over which it extends : magnitude the extent of the forest
c : the point, degree, or limit to which something extends using talents to the greatest extent
2a : 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 archaic : valuation (as of land) in Great Britain especially for taxation

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.
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First Known Use of extent

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for extent

Middle English, from Anglo-French estente, extente land valuation, from extendre, estendre to survey, evaluate, literally, to extend

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23 May 2022

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“Extent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extent. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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ex·​tent | \ ik-ˈstent How to pronounce extent (audio) \

Kids Definition of extent

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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