1) N-SING: with supp, usu the N of n If you are talking about how great, important, or serious a difficulty or situation is, you can refer to the extent of it.

The government itself has little information on the extent of industrial pollution...

Growing up with him soon made me realise the extent of his determination...

The full extent of the losses was disclosed yesterday.

2) N-SING: with supp, usu the N of n The extent of something is its length, area, or size.

Industry representatives made it clear that their commitment was only to maintain the extent of forests, not their biodiversity.

3) PHRASE: PHR with cl (vagueness) You use expressions such as to a large extent, to some extent, or to a certain extent in order to indicate that something is partly true, but not entirely true.

It was and, to a large extent, still is a good show...

To some extent this was the truth...

To a certain extent it's easier for men to get work...

This also endangers American interests in other regions, although to a lesser extent...

To an extent, that is the reason for the meeting.

4) PHRASE (vagueness) You use expressions such as to what extent, to that extent, or to the extent that when you are discussing how true a statement is, or in what ways it is true.

It's still not clear to what extent this criticism is originating from within the ruling party...

To that extent they helped bring about their own destruction...

He could only be sorry to the extent that this affected his grandchildren...

The extent to which it helped to promote Britain's broader strategic interests was sometimes questionable...

We may not be able to do it to the extent that we would like.

5) PHRASE (emphasis) You use expressions such as to the extent of, to the extent that, or to such an extent that in order to emphasize that a situation has reached a difficult, dangerous, or surprising stage.

Ford kept his suspicions to himself, even to the extent of going to jail for a murder he obviously didn't commit...

I became pregnant but this man was very violent towards me to the extent that I lost our baby...

It has increased to such an extent that Ghana can now export maize.

English dictionary. 2008.

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