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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To some extent that latter piece of news is even more surprising, signaling Microsoft might be relaxing its Windows 10 Store stranglehold for first-party titles. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Halo: The Master Chief Collection is coming to the PC—and Steam," 12 Mar. 2019 The assurances, made by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a visit to Manila on Friday, constitute a rare and explicit clarification about the extent of U.S. obligations under a mutual defense treaty dating from 1951. Jake Maxwell Watts And Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "Pompeo Pledges to Defend Philippine Forces in South China Sea," 1 Mar. 2019 Democracy Everyone’s talking about this story from Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, Natasha Singer, Michael H. Keller and Aaron Krolik about the extent to which popular apps exploit access to your phone’s location history. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s role in the French protests has polarized observers," 11 Dec. 2018 The fact that the race was ultimately decided by fewer than 600 votes sparked a debate about the extent to which George W. Bush — and other Republican candidates — electorally benefit from this democratic exclusion. Marc Meredith, Vox, "Why letting ex-felons vote probably won’t swing Florida," 2 Nov. 2018 With the findings, the report highlights a sensational series of events that have underscored concerns about the extent to which the pharmaceutical industry has attempted to influence the Trump administration. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Novartis, Michael Cohen contacts were more extensive than previously disclosed," 13 July 2018 Wheeler, like Pruitt, has expressed skepticism about the extent to which coal, oil and gas emissions drive climate change, something that mainstream science says is indisputable fact. Matthew Brown, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump replacement for Obama climate plan moves forward," 10 July 2018 And the broader point is that Trump and his campaign keep lying, over and over, about the extent of their contacts with Russia. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "What Roger Stone’s Latest Russia Lie Reveals About the Scandal," 18 June 2018 That person was transported to a hospital, and details about the extent of the wounds were not immediately available. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Surprise police investigate stabbing near Bullard Avenue and Cactus Road," 15 June 2018

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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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