ADJ. full, greatest, maximum, overall The overall extent of civilian casualties remained unclear. | actual, exact, precise, true | geographical, territorial
VERB + EXTENT reach 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. | outline 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
PREP. in ~ 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 | to a … ~ He had withdrawn from the company of his friends to an alarming extent.
PHRASES 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.