Definition of extent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪkˈstɛnt/
Pronunciation: /ɛkˈstɛnt/


[in singular]
1The area covered by something: an enclosure ten acres in extent
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  • 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.
area, size, expanse, length, stretch, range, scope, compass;
proportions, dimensions
1.1The size or scale of something: the extent of global warming
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  • 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.
degree, scale, level, magnitude, scope, extensiveness, amount, size;
coverage, breadth, width, reach, range, compass, comprehensiveness, thoroughness, completeness, all-inclusiveness


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).

Words that rhyme with extent

absent, accent, anent, ascent, assent, augment, bent, cement, cent, circumvent, consent, content, dent, event, ferment, foment, forewent, forwent, frequent, gent, Ghent, Gwent, lament, leant, lent, meant, misrepresent, misspent, outwent, pent, percent, pigment, rent, scent, segment, sent, spent, stent, Stoke-on-Trent, Tashkent, tent, torment, Trent, underspent, underwent, vent, went

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