1 magnitude, dimensions, compass, size, range, scale, sweep, scope, expanse, immensity, enormousness, capaciousness, spaciousness, space, amplitude:
The extent of space is unimaginably vast.
2 limit, bounds, limitation, lengths; range, scope:
To what extent will he go to see justice done?
3 area, region, tract, territory, compass:
In the whole extent of Europe you could find no better mushroom.
full, greatest, maximum, overall
The overall extent of civilian casualties remained unclear.
| actual, exact, precise, true | geographical, territorial
VERB + EXTENT
The railway network had reached its greatest extent in route mileage.
| see | consider, examine, explore, investigate | assess, calculate, estimate, evaluate, gauge, judge, measure | define, determine, establish, identify
a statement defining the extent of Latvia's territory
| discover | acknowledge, appreciate, realize, recognize | know, understand
We do not yet know the extent of her injuries.
| demonstrate, illustrate, indicate, make clear, reflect, reveal, show
The operation revealed the extent of the cancer.
a lengthy agenda outlining the extent of global environmental problems
| discuss | clarify, explain | emphasize, highlight, underline
The victory underlined the extent to which Prussia had become a major power.
| exaggerate, overstate
She was exaggerating the true extent of the problem.
| overestimate | underestimate | play down, underplay, understate
The government sought to play down the extent of the problem.
| ignore | conceal, obscure | limit, reduce, restrict
to reduce the extent of deforestation
The park is about 20 acres in extent.
| to an ~
To an extent (= to some degree)East-West distrust continued throughout the war.
| to a … ~
He had withdrawn from the company of his friends to an alarming extent.
at sth's fullest/greatest extent
At its fullest extent the Angevin Empire comprised most of western France.
| to a considerable/great/large/significant extent, to a certain/to some extent
To some extent, we are all responsible for this tragic situation.
| to a lesser/limited/small extent
The pollution of the forest has seriously affected plant life and, to a lesser extent, wildlife.
| to the same extent
People no longer live in small communities to the same extent as they used to.
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