extent

extent
ex|tent [ ık`stent ] noun ***
1. ) uncount the importance of a problem or situation:
extent of: We were shocked by the extent of the damage.
The government underestimated the extent of the contamination.
the full/true extent: Doctors still do not know the full extent of his injuries.
2. ) singular or uncount the degree to which something happens or is likely to happen:
extent to which: The extent to which your diet is successful depends on your willpower.
Languages vary in the extent to which they rely on word order.
a ) to a large/great extent mainly:
The complaints were to a large extent valid.
b ) to a lesser/greater extent used for saying that something is less/more true than a previous statement:
A child's values come from its parents and, to a lesser extent, from its schooling.
c ) to some/a certain/a limited extent partly, but not completely:
To a certain extent, I was relieved.
d ) to the/such an extent that used for saying that because one thing is happening something else happens:
His business is failing to such an extent that it is losing over $40,000 a year.
3. ) uncount the size or area of something:
Open the table to its fullest extent.
in extent: almost an acre in extent

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • extent — I noun amount, area, borders, bounds, breadth, circuit, compass, comprehensiveness, coverage, degree, dimensions, distance, expanse, gauge, hactenus, length, limit, limitation, magnitude, measure, quantity, range, reach, scope, size, space,… …   Law dictionary

  • extent — ► NOUN 1) the area covered by something. 2) size or scale. 3) the degree to which something is the case: everyone compromises to some extent. ORIGIN Old French extente, from Latin extendere stretch out …   English terms dictionary

  • extent — [ek stent′, ikstent′] n. [ME extente < Anglo Fr < OFr estente < estendre < L extendere] 1. the space, amount, or degree to which a thing extends; size; length; breadth 2. range or limits of anything; scope; coverage 3. an extended… …   English World dictionary

  • Extent — Ex*tent , a. [L. extentus, p. p. of extendere. See {Extend}.] Extended. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Extent — Extent, in England der mit Hülfsvollstreckung in die Güter verbundene persönliche Arrest …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • extent — early 14c., from Anglo Fr. extente, O.Fr. estente valuation of land, stretch of land, from fem. pp. of O.Fr. extendre extend, from L. extendere (see EXTEND (Cf. extend)). Meaning degree to which something extends is from 1590s …   Etymology dictionary

  • extent — *size, dimensions, area, magnitude, volume Analogous words: *range, scope, compass, sweep, reach, radius: stretch, spread, amplitude, *expanse …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • extent — [n] range, magnitude admeasurement, ambit, amount, amplitude, area, bounds, breadth, bulk, capaciousness, compass, degree, dimensions, duration, elbowroom*, expanse, expansion, extension, intensity, leeway, length, limit, mass, matter, measure,… …   New thesaurus

  • extent — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ full, greatest, maximum, overall ▪ The overall extent of civilian casualties remained unclear. ▪ actual, exact, precise …   Collocations dictionary

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