extend vs extent :

extend or extent

People often write “to a great extend” or “to a lesser extend.” “Extend” is a verb only, and should not be used as a noun. It’s “to a great extent,” and “to a lesser extent.”

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Definitions

  • v  extend in scope or range or area
    The law was extended to all citizens
  • v  stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point
    My memory extends back to my fourth year of life
    The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets
  • v  span an interval of distance, space or time
    The war extended over five years
    My land extends over the hills on the horizon
  • v  make available; provide
    extend a loan
  • v  thrust or extend out
    extend a hand
  • v  reach outward in space
    The awning extends several feet over the sidewalk
  • v  offer verbally
    extend my greetings
  • v  extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body
  • v  expand the influence of
    The King extended his rule to the Eastern part of the continent
  • v  lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer
    She extended her visit by another day
  • v  extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length
    extend the TV antenna
  • v  cause to move at full gallop
  • v  open or straighten out; unbend
    Can we extend the legs of this dining table?
  • v  use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity
    He really extended himself when he climbed Kilimanjaro
  • v  prolong the time allowed for payment of
    extend the loan
  • v  continue or extend
    The disease extended into the remote mountain provinces
  • v  increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance
    extend the casserole with a little rice

  • n  the point or degree to which something extends
    the extent of the damage
    the full extent of the law
    to a certain extent she was right
  • n  the distance or area or volume over which something extends
    the vast extent of the desert
    an orchard of considerable extent
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