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extent

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1 a real or imaginary point beyond which a person or thing cannot go
  • the coach exceeded the extent of his authority by exempting some of the players from the requirement

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2 a wide space or area
  • the seemingly endless extent of the windswept prairies

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3 an area over which activity, capacity, or influence extends
  • the extent of this criminal investigation has widened considerably since it began

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4 the total amount of measurable space or surface occupied by something
  • looking at the extent of the stain on my shirt, you might think that I had spilled a gallon of coffee

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The first known use of extent was in the 14th century

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“Extent.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/extent. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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