the space or degree to which a thing extends; length, area, volume, or scope: the extent of his lands; to be right to a certain extent.
something extended, as a space; a particular length, area, or volume; something having extension: the limitless extent of the skies.
U.S. Law. a writ, or a levy, by which a debtor's lands are valued and transferred to the creditor, absolutely or for a term of years.
English Law.
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.
Logic. extension ( def 12 ).
Archaic. assessment or valuation, as of land.

1250–1300; Middle English extente assessment < Medieval Latin extenta, noun use of feminine of Latin extentus, past participle of extendere to extend

preextent, noun

extant, extent.

1. magnitude, measure, amount, compass, range, expanse, stretch, reach, length. Unabridged
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extent (ɪkˈstɛnt)
1.  the range over which something extends; scope: the extent of the damage
2.  an area or volume: a vast extent of concrete
3.  (US) law a writ authorizing a person to whom a debt is due to assume temporary possession of his debtor's lands
4.  logic another word for extension
[C14: from Old French extente, from Latin extentus extensive, from extendere to extend]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from Anglo-Fr. estente "valuation of land, stretch of land," from fem. pp. of O.Fr. extendre "extend," from L. extendere (see extend).
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