- 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
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.
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
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|William O’Connor|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On turning the paper through ninety degrees or by actual measurement, the extent of the illusion will become apparent.Visual Illusions|Matthew Luckiesh
The French, and to some extent the English, dispense with introductions at a private ball.Our Deportment|John H. Young
After you have made this call, it is, to some extent, optional with you as to what further attentions you shall pay the party.
In a joint-stock company, on the contrary, each partner is bound only to the extent of his share.
The extent of the ministries' authority over trusts is not clear.Area Handbook for Bulgaria|Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
British Dictionary definitions for extent
Word Origin for extent
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.
Idioms and Phrases with extent
see to some degree (extent).