This is one of those word confusions which makes me so grateful for the extent of my reading as it extends over the years of my life. The more you read, the more gets embedded within your brain whether you try or not. It’s not a bad way to learn. I’ve certainly had fun!
I do intend to extend my reading over a few more decades, so I expect to extend the extent of my breadth of knowledge. And as authors, y’all owe your readers to, ahem, read more yourselves…think of it as part of your job *grin*…
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Dictionary.com: extend and extent|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Verb 1, 2, intransitive & transitive||Noun|
[Medicine] To straighten a limb
[Programming] To add features to a program, especially through the use of hooks
To reach, as to a particular point
To increase in length, area, scope, etc.
[Manège; of a horse] To come into an extended attitude
To reach a certain point in time or distance 2
To stretch, draw, or arrange in a given direction, or so as to reach a particular point, as a cord, wall, or line of troops
To stretch forth or hold out, as the arm or hand
To place at full length, especially horizontally, as the body or limbs
To increase the length or duration of; lengthen; prolong
To stretch out in various or all directions
To enlarge the scope of, or make more comprehensive, as operations, influence, or meaning
To provide as an offer or grant
[Finance] To postpone (the payment of a debt) beyond the time originally agreed upon
To increase the bulk or volume of, especially by adding an inexpensive or plentiful substance
[Bookkeeping] To transfer figures from one column to another
[Law; British] To assess or value
[Law] To make a seizure or levy upon, as land, by a writ of extent
[Manège] To bring a horse into an extended attitude
To exert (oneself) to an unusual degree
[Archaic] To exaggerate
[Obsolete] To take by seizure
|The space, degree, or range to which a thing extends
Something extended, as a space
[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
[English law] A.k.a., writ of extent
[Archaic] Assessment or valuation, as of land
We’ll have to extend that leg before we can cast it up.
We need to extend the functionality of that program.
They extended their occupation to two adjacent convents.
Mounting research shows that optimism could extend your life.
The land extends five miles past the old barn.
Extend that line of soldiers past the woods and halfway through that ravine.
We should extend our visit a few days.
A huge tent was extended over the field.
The European powers extended their authority in Asia.
|Lord Engel still doesn’t know the the extent of his lands.
One has to be right to a certain extent.
We’ll never know the extent of the damage.
the limitless extent of the skies
The constable delivered a writ of extent.
You can, to some extent, condition your plants and soil for cold weather.
The physical extent of land conversion for human activities is only part of the story, however.
They all knew who Freud was, but that was about the extent of their common knowledge.
|Adjective: extendable, extendible, nonextendible
Noun: extendability, extendibility, nonextendibleness
|History of the Word:|
|1 First known use: 1250-1300
Middle English extenden from the Latin extendere meaning to stretch out.
Early 14th century to value, assess.
Late 14th century to stretch out, lengthen.
|First known use: 1250-1300
Middle English extente meaning assessment is from the Medieval Latin extenta, a noun use of the feminine of Latin extentus, a past participle of extendere meaning to extend.
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!