From Middle English extente, from Anglo-Norman extente and Old French estente (valuation of land, stretch of land), from estendre, extendre (extend) (or from Latin extentus), from Latin extendere (See extend.)


  • IPA(key): /ɪkˈstɛnt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛnt
  • Hyphenation: ex‧tent


extent (plural extents)

  1. A range of values or locations.
  2. The space, area, volume, etc., to which something extends.
    The extent of his knowledge of the language is a few scattered words.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. [], London: [] [John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938, book I, canto xii:
      But when they came where that dead Dragon lay, / Stretcht on the ground in monstrous large extent
    • 1827, Conrad Malte-Brun, Universal Geography, or A Description of All the Parts of the World, on a New Plan, Edinburgh: Adam Black, volume 6, book 101, 285:
      The surface of the Balaton and the surrounding marshes is not less than 24 German square miles, or 384 English square miles; its principal feeder is the Szala, but all the water it receives appears inconsiderable relatively to its superficial extent, and the quantity lost in evaporation.
    • 2014 November 14, Blake Bailey, “'Tennessee Williams,' by John Lahr [print version: Theatrical victory of art over life, International New York Times, 18 November 2014, p. 13]”, in The New York Times[1]:
      [S]he [Edwina, mother of Tennessee Williams] was indeed Amanda [Wingfield, character in Williams' play The Glass Menagerie] in the flesh: a doughty chatterbox from Ohio who adopted the manner of a Southern belle and eschewed both drink and sex to the greatest extent possible.
  3. (computing) A contiguous area of storage in a file system.
  4. The valuation of property.
  5. (law) A writ directing the sheriff to seize the property of a debtor, for the recovery of debts of record due to the Crown.

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  1. (obsolete) Extended.

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  1. third-person plural present active subjunctive of extō