ex·​tent | \ik-ˈstent \

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 seized

b : 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 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

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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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There is a risk that investors’ pessimism, to an extent, could become a self-fulfilling prophecy, according to an October report by Goldman Sachs analysts. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Investor Anxiety Outweighs Good Economic Data in Market Rout," 5 Dec. 2018 Many models predict particles, but theorists get to choose the mass (at least to an extent). Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Physicists report electron is round—what does that mean?," 7 Nov. 2018 Before Thursday’s hearing, there was a feeling in the air that Ford’s testimony, and her treatment before the Senate Judiciary Committee, was, to an extent, a referendum on #MeToo. Vogue, "Dr. Christine Blasey Ford Is More Than Just a “Credible Witness”—She’s a Hero," 27 Sep. 2018 Be realistic No matter what, going platinum blonde will damage your hair to an extent. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "How to Go Platinum Blonde Without Destroying Your Hair," 24 Aug. 2018 That's not the extent of the local inspiration, either. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Restaurant Review: Detroit's Empire Kitchen & Cocktails has no clothes," 12 July 2018 And that would be the extent of my shoreline excursions to publicly accessible spots along Long Island Sound. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "A Visit To Stonington's Seashore And Preserve Where Expansive Views And Connecticut History Are Showcased," 6 July 2018 But those measures aren’t the extent of Calle 24’s conditions. Jonathan Kauffman, SFChronicle.com, "Is 24th Street’s Latino Cultural District enough to stop gentrification?," 15 June 2018 Also at his press conference Thursday, he was asked about the NBA’s biggest stars having the ability to control their own destinies to an extent. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "6 jokes LeBron James has made despite the Cavs' rough NBA Finals," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of extent

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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


ex·​tent | \ik-ˈstent \

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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