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Learner's definition of EXTENT  
: the range, distance, or space that is covered or affected by something or included in something
: the point or limit to which something extends or reaches
◊ If you say that something is true to an extent, to some extent, or to a certain extent, you mean that it is partly but not completely true.
Something that is true to a large extent or to a great extent is mostly true.
The phrases to the extent that, to that extent, and to a greater/lesser extent are often used to describe the effect or importance of something in relation to something else.
To the extent that or to such an extent that can also be used to say that something is true to a very extreme degree.
— used to indicate the degree to which something exists, happens, or is true
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