- the space or degree to which a thing extends; length, area, volume, or scope: the extent of his lands; to be right to a certain extent.
- something extended, as a space; a particular length, area, or volume; something having extension: the limitless extent of the skies.
- U.S. Law. a writ, or a levy, by which a debtor's lands are valued and transferred to the creditor, absolutely or for a term of years.
- English Law.
- Also called writ of extent.a writ to recover debts of a record due to the crown, under which land, property, etc., may be seized.
- a seizure made under such a writ.
- Logic. extension(def 12).
- Archaic. assessment or valuation, as of land.
Origin of extent
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Examples from the Web for extent
My dad was a sailor, and all through my childhood he was away half of the time at sea, and to an extent I have a similar job.Belle & Sebastian Aren’t So Shy Anymore
January 7, 2015
That was the extent of it during the peak of the flames, and the numbers that swooshed around in the press the next day.The Fiery Death of Sotto Sotto, Toronto’s Celebrity Hotspot
December 30, 2014
I did not think that it would go to the extent it did, but our office was not shocked.The Baptism of Michael Brown Sr. and Ferguson’s Baptism by Fire
November 27, 2014
To what extent was the testimony the grand jury heard corroborated or contradicted by forensic evidence?Ferguson’s Grand Jury Bought Darren Wilson’s Story
November 25, 2014
I do feel that television and movies to some extent—which are even more dangerous—have replaced books in terms of where people go.James Patterson Goes Full ‘Fahrenheit 451’ With Burning Book Video
November 25, 2014
It is curious to note the extent to which the unexpected has come about.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
Could they have outridden the gelding to such an extent as that?Way of the Lawless
You who knew her will realize the depth and extent of my bereavement.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
The strong are strong because of harmony with God, at least to some extent.The Conquest of Fear
To the extent of his means he would do what money could to console her!Weighed and Wanting
- the range over which something extends; scopethe extent of the damage
- an area or volumea vast extent of concrete
- US law a writ authorizing a person to whom a debt is due to assume temporary possession of his debtor's lands
- logic another word for extension (def. 11)
Word Origin and History for extent
early 14c., from Anglo-French extente, Old French estente "valuation of land, stretch of land," from fem. past participle of Old French extendre "extend," from Latin extendere (see extend). Meaning "degree to which something extends" is from 1590s.