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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But both the buzz and revenue trends recovered, to some extent, in December and in the January sales. Washington Post, "Philip Green’s #MeToo Moment of Reckoning," 18 Sep. 2019 Nearly three-quarters of Americans see weather disasters, like Hurricane Dorian, worsening and most of them blame global warming to some extent, a new poll finds. Seth Borenstein And Hannah Fingerhut, chicagotribune.com, "AP-NORC Poll: Most Americans see weather disasters worsening," 12 Sep. 2019 Rural slowdown: Cab aggregators like Ola and Uber are largely restricted to metro cities and, to some extent, the tier-II cities. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "No, finance minister. Indian millennials are not to blame for the automobile slowdown," 11 Sep. 2019 Its survival as a Christian enclave in Muslim Turkey relies, to some extent, on Western governments’ advocacy of religious freedom. The Economist, "Taking sides in the Orthodox Church’s battles over Russia and Ukraine," 9 Sep. 2019 Not being able to keep up with demand, or perhaps to some extent, making sure demand stays high, Popeye’s says the sandwich is sold out nationwide but will be back in September. Michael Arceneaux, Essence, "Let Black People Eat Their Chicken Sandwiches In Peace," 30 Aug. 2019 When oil is down, there’s not as much national interest in Houston specifically and Texas to some extent. Claire Poole, Houston Chronicle, "Houston’s Wilson Cribbs & Goren joins billion-dollar real estate club," 30 Aug. 2019 Auburn has been without its top-four receivers, to some extent, in practices. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Kodi Burns not concerned by injuries to Auburn’s top-4 receivers," 18 Aug. 2019 Social media bubbles do this to everyone, to some extent. Elaine Ou, Twin Cities, "Elaine Ou: Tech companies want out of the censorship business," 14 Aug. 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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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 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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