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extentnoun [S or U]

uk   us   /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 ​yetknow 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 6,5000 ​kilometres in extent (= ​length).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 ​peopleholdtheirbeliefs very ​strongly, ​even to the extent of being ​prepared to go to ​prison for them.to the extent that to a ​particulardegree or ​stage, often ​causingparticularresults: Sales have ​fallenbadly this ​year, to the extent that we will have to ​close some of ​ourshops.to the same extent to the same ​degree as; as much as: The ​rich will not ​benefit from the ​proposedchanges to the ​taxsystem to the same extent as the ​lowerpaid.to some extent B2 partly: To some extent, she was ​responsible for the ​accident.to such an extent so much: The ​car was ​damaged to such an extent that it couldn't be ​repaired.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?

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(Definition of extent from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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extentnoun [U]

 us   /ɪkˈstent/
  • extent noun [U] (AREA)

the ​area, ​length, or ​size of something: Approaching the ​airport, you could ​see the ​full extent of the ​island.
  • extent noun [U] (DEGREE)

the ​degree or ​limit of something; how ​great or ​severe something is: To some extent it was my ​fault, though I didn’t ​mean any ​harm. We didn’t ​know the extent of his ​injuries. It makes ​sense to a ​certain extent to write down everything.
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