Definition of extent in English:

extent

Line breaks: ex¦tent
Pronunciation: /ɪkˈstɛnt
 
, ɛk-/

noun

[in singular]
1The area covered by something: an enclosure ten acres in extent
More example sentences
  • By all means, send me a city map that covers the full extent of the subway.
  • Another looks to the extent of the property covered by the security.
  • Some of these are pictured and show the extent of flooding anticipated as dark blue and light blue areas.
Synonyms
1.1The size or scale of something: the extent of global warming
More example sentences
  • It's pointless asking a man of O'Callaghan's scale the extent of his wealth.
  • This is important for determining if patients with the disease differ and to quantify the extent of infection.
  • This is especially so with regard to the geographical extent of globalization.
2The particular degree to which something is or is believed to be the case: everyone will have to compromise to some extent decision-making was to a large extent outside his control
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  • There is no way we can increase the fees to such an extent to cover the rent.
  • We did cover this to an extent in 2002, so here's the link to satisfy your inquisitive hunger.
  • In Harare and Bulawayo and to a lesser extent in rural areas, there are many training centers.
Synonyms
degree, scale, level, magnitude, scope, extensiveness, amount, size; coverage, breadth, width, reach, range, compass, comprehensiveness, thoroughness, completeness, all-inclusiveness

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'valuation of property, especially for taxation'): from Anglo-Norman French extente, from medieval Latin extenta, feminine past participle of Latin extendere 'stretch out' (see extend).

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