to a greater/lesser degree/extent

idiom

Definition of to a greater/lesser degree/extent

used to describe the effect or importance of something in relation to something else
  • This new tax affects the middle class and, to a lesser extent/degree, the rich.

Word by Word Definitions

greater play
  1. : consisting of a central city together with adjacent areas that are naturally or administratively connected with it

lesser play
  1. : comparative of little:1

  2. : of less size, quality, degree, or significance : of lower status

  1. : less

degree play
  1. : a step or stage in a process, course, or order of classification

  2. : a rank or grade of official, ecclesiastical, or social position

  3. : a particular standing especially as to dignity or worth

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

  2. : seizure (as of land) in execution of a writ of extent in Great Britain

  3. : a writ giving to a creditor temporary possession of his debtor's property


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