- 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.
Origin of extent
OTHER WORDS FROM extentpre·ex·tent, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH extentextant, extent
Words nearby extent
MORE ABOUT EXTENT
What is extent?
Extent is the length, area, volume, or scope something reaches to, as in The extent of Sheree’s knowledge of science fiction was very deep.
Extent is a very common term that can refer to measurements, concepts, ideals, plans, and many other fields that measure anything, literal or figurative.
Extent can also refer to something that has a lengthening, stretching out, or enlarging scope, especially when the boundaries aren’t known. You might hear someone talk about the limitless extent of space, for example.
The phrase the extent of means that something has reached the extreme or the border of how far it can go, as in I can raise your allowance by $5, but that’s the extent of what I can do.
Example: We know that the pan can get hot, but we are unsure to what extent.
Where does extent come from?
The first records of the term extent come from around 1250. It ultimately comes from the Latin extendere, meaning “to extend.”
Extent has specific meanings in the law. In the United States, an extent is a formal order, or writ, that allows a creditor to take over a debtor’s lands, either temporarily or permanently, when the debtor can’t pay the debt.
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- preextent (noun)
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How is extent used in real life?
Extent is almost always used in discussions about measurement, even when dealing with debt.
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Caleb didn’t study to a great extent for the final exam, but he managed to pass it anyway.
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He said more analysis is needed to determine the extent that excessive speeding contributed to the increase in speed-related crashes, but last year’s data shows a troubling trend.Traffic counts fell during the coronavirus pandemic, but road fatalities still increased|Luz Lazo|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
In the ocean, organisms accumulate these pieces in their bodies over their lifetimes, sometimes to harmful or lethal extents, and in turn microplastic also shows up in the seafood we eat.Microplastics are everywhere. Here’s what that means for our health.|Ula Chrobak|February 11, 2021|Popular-Science
Most students probably will not see the changes until the fall, when the university has said it expects to reopen “to the fullest extent possible.”George Washington University commits to single-use-plastic ban|Lauren Lumpkin|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
Both sides are to a certain extent under the illusion if you got rid of Section 230, that would magically fix all of their problems.Twenty-Six Words Created the Internet. What Will It Take to Save It?|Stephen Engelberg|February 9, 2021|ProPublica
“We as a state must be able to assure, to the greatest extent possible, that we maintain an unbiased, balanced and fair taxation system,” said Brad Witt, a state representative who leads Oregon’s House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.“We Have Counties in Deep Trouble”: Oregon Lawmakers Seek to Reverse Timber Tax Cuts That Cost Communities Billions|by Rob Davis, The Oregonian/OregonLive, and Tony Schick, Oregon Public Broadcasting|February 5, 2021|ProPublica
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.
And, as Gow adds wryly from his own personal experience, “To a huge extent they achieved that aim very well.”
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|Shinan Govani|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Justin Glawe|November 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Paul Campos|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But what a magnificent plain is this we are entering upon: it is of immense extent.
Adequate conception of the extent, the variety, the excellence of the works of Art here heaped together is impossible.
Tobacco is a strong growing plant resisting heat and drought to a far (p. 018) greater extent than most plants.
M'Bongo and his whole court are now clothed, I am happy to say, at least to a certain extent.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
And it is too true that ages of subjugation have demoralized, to a fearful extent, the Italian People.
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see to some degree (extent).