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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Anglo-French
Origin: extente, from Latin extendere; EXTEND

extent

noun
     
ex‧tent S2 W1
1

to ... extent

used to say how true something is or how great an effect or change is
to a certain extent/to some extent/to an extent (=partly)
We all to some extent remember the good times and forget the bad.
I do agree with him to an extent.
to a great/large extent
Its success will depend to a large extent on local attitudes.
to a lesser/greater extent (=less or more)
It will affect farmers in Spain and to a lesser extent in France.
They examined the extent to which (=how much) age affected language-learning ability.
To what extent (=how much) did she influence his decision?
to such an extent that/to the extent that (=so much that)
Violence increased to the extent that residents were afraid to leave their homes.
2 [uncountable] how large, important, or serious something is, especially something such as a problem or injury
extent of
Considering the extent of his injuries, he's lucky to be alive.
It's too early to assess the full extent of the damage.
3 [uncountable] the length or size of something:
They opened out the nets to their full extent.
in extent
The region is over 10,000 square kilometres in extent.

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