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Definition of "extent" []

  • The range, magnitude, or distance over which a thing extends: landowners unaware of the extent of their own holdings. (noun)
  • The degree to which a thing extends: prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. (noun)
  • An extensive space or area: an extent of desert. (noun)
  • Law A writ allowing a creditor to assume temporary ownership of a debtor's property. (noun)
  • Law In Great Britain, a writ allowing a creditor to seize a debtor's property temporarily. (noun)
  • The range over which something extends; scope (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • An area or volume (noun)
  • A writ authorizing a person to whom a debt is due to assume temporary possession of his debtor's lands (noun)

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Use "extent" in a sentence
  • "The opposition must exaggerate, alarm and seek to divide - for that, to a certain extent, is their job."
  • "Fortunately Persian, up to a certain extent, is an exceedingly easy language, more so even than Italian."
  • "No one can deny the positive evolution of race relations in the United States — to what extent is arguable, even with numbers available, which makes sense."