extent

noun
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

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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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The exchange indicated the extent to which agents, who work for the writers who hire them, also hold power over those writers’ careers. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "Hollywood Writers Attempt Life Without Agents," 6 June 2019 This may also hasten the extent to which countries are willing to manipulate global internet protocols, such as the Border Gateway Protocol that routes global internet traffic. Justin Sherman, WIRED, "Russia and Iran Plan to Fundamentally Isolate the Internet," 6 June 2019 But the latest research demonstrates the extent to which that psychological connection is a two-way street. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "Coming home stressed? Your dog is internalizing those bad vibes too, study suggests," 6 June 2019 The episode initially blends these actors’ voices with Abdul-Mateen’s and Mackie’s, to give viewers a sense of who’s playing as who while also underlining the extent to which the characters are bleeding into their online personas. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Black Mirror: The Weird, Intriguing Intimacy of ‘Striking Vipers’," 5 June 2019 So a modest increase in mangrove extent has a pretty significant benefit for these vulnerable economies. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "More mangroves? Economies recover faster after tropical cyclones," 4 June 2019 Because silicone is not as effective a conductor as metal, food won’t brown or crisp to the same extent and cooking times might be longer. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "Silicone Mats are So Nonstick, You’d Think They Were Crafted By Angels," 4 June 2019 This downsized version of Uber’s self-driving program reflects the extent to which the company’s had to reassess its grand plan to conquer urban transportation with robot taxis after the crash in Tempe. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber’s self-driving cars return to public roads for the first time since fatal crash," 20 Dec. 2018 Keep in mind that anything that’s bothering you to a major extent should be seen by a doctor, and that the same goes for recurring issues. Lily Puckett, Teen Vogue, "7 Reasons Why Your Vagina Is Itchy," 28 Mar. 2019

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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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extent

noun

English Language Learners Definition of extent

: 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

noun
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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