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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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extentnoun [S or U]

uk   /ɪkˈstent/ 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 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 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 people hold their beliefs very strongly, even to the extent of being prepared to go to prison for them.
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.
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.
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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