phrase → extent You use expressions such as to what extent, to that extent, or to the extent that when you are discussing how true a statement is, or in what ways it is true. [vagueness] ⇒ It's still not clear to what extent this criticism is originating from within the ruling party. ⇒ To that extent they helped bring about their own destruction. ⇒ He could only be sorry to the extent that this affected his grandchildren. ⇒ The extent to which it helped to promote Britain's broader strategic interests was sometimes questionable. ⇒ We may not be able to do it to the extent that we would like.
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