Pronunciation: (ik-stent'),[key] —n. 1. the space or degree to which a thing extends; length, area, volume, or scope: the extent of his lands; to be right to a certain extent. 2. something extended, as a space; a particular length, area, or volume; something having extension: the limitless extent of the skies. 3. U.S. Law.a writ, or a levy, by which a debtor's lands are valued and transferred to the creditor, absolutely or for a term of years.
4. Eng. Law. a. Also calledwrit of extent. a writ to recover debts of a record due to the crown, under which land, property, etc., may be seized.
b. a seizure made under such a writ.
5. Logic.extension (def. 12).
6. Archaic.assessment or valuation, as of land.