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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)

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.

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."