extent

noun ex·tent \ ik-ˈstent \
Updated on: 10 Jan 2018

Definition of extent

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

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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



EXTENT Defined for English Language Learners

extent

noun

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

noun ex·tent \ ik-ˈstent \

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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