Definition of extent in English:



  • 1The area covered by something.

    ‘an enclosure ten acres in extent’
    • ‘Little survives of this very large area, although its extent has been established by excavation.’
    • ‘The universe is infinite, both in the number of atoms and in the extent of space.’
    • ‘Some of these are pictured and show the extent of flooding anticipated as dark blue and light blue areas.’
    • ‘Another looks to the extent of the property covered by the security.’
    • ‘By all means, send me a city map that covers the full extent of the subway.’
    • ‘The precise extent of unsown area can only be assessed after the end of this month, he said.’
    • ‘Looking at the plan, there can be no doubt whatsoever as to the extent of area A1.’
    area, size, expanse, length, stretch, range, scope, compass
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    1. 1.1 The size or scale of something.
      ‘the extent of global warming’
      • ‘This is especially so with regard to the geographical extent of globalization.’
      • ‘Is this a case of builders and developers demonstrating the extent of their imaginations?’
      • ‘However as the full details of the agreement are not being made public the extent of the deal may never be known.’
      • ‘They claim the Government is covering up the true extent of the disease outbreak.’
      • ‘This is important for determining if patients with the disease differ and to quantify the extent of infection.’
      • ‘Thick smoke was seen rising from the area, but the extent of the damage was not immediately clear.’
      • ‘There could also be differences in the extent of cover if motoring abroad, she said.’
      • ‘A teenager beaten up and left for dead by a gang wants people to know the extent of his injuries.’
      • ‘Yesterday council bosses went on site to survey the extent of the damage, which is understood only to be minimal.’
      • ‘This is the awesome extent of their responsibility for mass violence leading to mass death.’
      • ‘Anecdotal accounts, however, give a picture of the extent of the killing and maiming.’
      • ‘It will show the extent of people's anger about these monstrous turbines.’
      • ‘A measurement of intelligence quotient does not determine the extent of learning difficulties.’
      • ‘The committee visited the area to evaluate the extent of damage caused by the flooding.’
      • ‘Webster pretty much covers the extent of my knowledge of this principle.’
      • ‘It's pointless asking a man of O'Callaghan's scale the extent of his wealth.’
      • ‘In some cases, however, images do survive as engravings or copies and a picture emerges of the extent of our loss.’
      • ‘The extent of the market surprised Mr Williams when he first started up.’
      • ‘There were different views as to the extent and scope of the sovereign power.’
      • ‘When the country was in the grip of a deadly bird flu last year, his government admitted it tried to cover up the extent of the problem.’
      size, dimensions, magnitude, measurements
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  • 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’
    • ‘There are profound questions about the extent to which personality can be said to persist when memory is lost.’
    • ‘We did cover this to an extent in 2002, so here's the link to satisfy your inquisitive hunger.’
    • ‘Irish bishops clearly have no idea about the extent to which public access to information has changed.’
    • ‘So railways affected most mass spectatorship of sport only to a limited extent in the Victorian era.’
    • ‘To see someone get their life back to such an extent after just four therapy sessions is rewarding beyond measure.’
    • ‘McConnell's speech may have been partly designed to wake people up to the extent of the upheaval ahead.’
    • ‘He is hugely confident, to the extent that some people have described him as arrogant.’
    • ‘Profile matters to the extent that you want people listening to your product.’
    • ‘It changed my personal life to the extent that it took away from me my freedom.’
    • ‘Kelly's heart condition made him unable to withstand loss of blood to the extent that a fit person could.’
    • ‘And as far as I am aware, it has gone unnoticed by the public to a certain extent.’
    • ‘Latham won only to the extent that some people did not think him capable of this.’
    • ‘He was adopted by his uncle and that's about the extent of his personal life that is common knowledge.’
    • ‘In Harare and Bulawayo and to a lesser extent in rural areas, there are many training centers.’
    • ‘To the extent that his views are different from yours you would have my vote.’
    • ‘A person can only enjoy liberty to the extent that all other persons can equally enjoy theirs.’
    • ‘There is no way we can increase the fees to such an extent to cover the rent.’
    • ‘What she is doing is spoiling my enjoyment of the patio to a certain extent.’
    • ‘Bushes are growing across paths to the extent that people cannot get past.’
    • ‘A potential grey area is the extent to which a State can protect an individual against criminal behaviour.’
    degree, scale, level, magnitude, scope, extensiveness, amount, size
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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).