[ ik-stent ]
/ ɪkˈstɛnt /


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.
  1. 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.
  2. a seizure made under such a writ.
Archaic. assessment or valuation, as of land.

Origin of extent

1250–1300; Middle English extente assessment < Medieval Latin extenta, noun use of feminine of Latin extentus, past participle of extendere to extend

Related forms

pre·ex·tent, noun

Can be confused

extant extent
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British Dictionary definitions for extent


/ (ɪkˈstɛnt) /


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 for extent

C14: from Old French extente, from Latin extentus extensive, from extendere to extend
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Idioms and Phrases with extent


see to some degree (extent).

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