Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “extent”

extent

noun [S or U]     /ɪkˈstent/
B2 area or length ; amount : From the top of the Empire State Building , you can see the full extent of Manhattan (= the area it covers ). We don't yet know the extent of his injuries (= how bad his injuries are). Rosie's teacher was impressed by the extent of her knowledge (= how much she knew ). The River Nile is over 6,500 kilometres in extent (= length ).General words for size and amount the extent to which C2 the degree to which something happens or is likely to happen : She had not realized the extent to which the children had been affected . to the extent of so strongly that: Some people hold their beliefs very strongly , even to the extent of being prepared to go to prison for them.Intensifying expressions to the extent that to a particular degree or stage , often causing particular results : Sales have fallen badly this year , to the extent that we will have to close some of our shops .Intensifying expressions to the same extent to the same degree as; as much as: The rich will not benefit from the proposed changes to the tax system to the same extent as the lower paid .Similar and the sameDescribing people with the same qualities to some extent B2 partly : To some extent, she was responsible for the accident .Incomplete to such an extent so much: The car was damaged to such an extent that it couldn't be repaired .Intensifying expressions to what extent? how much: To what extent will the budget have to be modified ? To what extent do you think he's aware of the problem ?Question words and expressions
(Definition of extent noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of extent

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Incomplete, but you might be interested in these topics from the Full and empty topic area:

Definitions of “extent” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

prenuptial agreement

an official document signed by two people before they get married that says what will happen to their possessions and/or children if they divorce (= officially stop being married)

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More