expansive

adjective

ex·​pan·​sive ik-ˈspan(t)-siv How to pronounce expansive (audio)
1
: having a capacity or a tendency to expand
2
: causing or tending to cause expansion
3
a
: characterized by high spirits, generosity, or readiness to talk : open
grew expansive after dinner
b
: marked by or indicative of exaggerated euphoria and delusions of self-importance
an expansive patient
4
: marked by expansion
especially : having a great expanse or extent : sizable, extensive
an expansive interpretation of the law
5
: characterized by richness, abundance, or magnificence
expansive living
expansive taste
expansively adverb
expansiveness noun

Examples of expansive in a Sentence

He was unusually expansive at the press conference. She was in an expansive mood. The law was expansive in its scope. a more expansive treatment of the topic the hotel's expansive dining room The house has expansive views of the valley.
Recent Examples on the Web Given its unique location and expansive views of Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami’s skyline, AMS concluded, the 6,000-seat stadium would be a prime draw for performers and producers to rival legendary venues such as the Red Rocks Amphitheater outside Denver. Andres Viglucci, Miami Herald, 14 Apr. 2024 Prepared Food Photos portfolio, through a marketing partnership with Food Media Pro, boasts over 400 recipe videos in addition to the expansive photography library both companies now possess. Jon Stojan, Detroit Free Press, 12 Apr. 2024 Skydiving deaths in Lodi The Bee’s Michael McGough and Stephen Hobbs won the top prize in the Business and Labor category for their expansive story on the Parachute Center in Lodi that remains open for business despite the deaths of 28 people in skydiving incidents. Rosalio Ahumada, Sacramento Bee, 12 Apr. 2024 On the other side, the expansive, sunny sky drops straight to the water, which, though calm and at low tide, now brims over the top of the road and into a parking lot. Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, 11 Apr. 2024 Meanwhile, Democrats, with their expansive vision of government, and a desire to broaden the social safety net, embraced these tools as a way to keep costs down and make programs more politically palatable. TIME, 10 Apr. 2024 The album is expansive and carefree, with swatches of psychedelia and tons of bright, gleaming synths. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 8 Apr. 2024 Its 70 rooms offer exposed brick, original 100-plus-year-old timbers, expansive windows, high ceilings, and, in most cases, skyline views. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 5 Apr. 2024 Kayaking, Canoeing, and Paddleboarding: Explore Florida’s Water Corridors Florida’s aquatic playground extends from the expansive ocean to meandering rivers and serene lakes, offering paddlers a diverse range of experiences. Jp Shaffer, Miami Herald, 2 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of expansive was in 1651

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Cite this Entry

“Expansive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expansive. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

expansive

adjective
ex·​pan·​sive ik-ˈspan(t)-siv How to pronounce expansive (audio)
1
: having a capacity or a tendency to expand
gases are expansive
2
: causing or tending to cause expansion
an expansive force
3
: being in a good or talkative mood
4
: having considerable extent : broad
expansively adverb
expansiveness noun

Medical Definition

expansive

adjective
ex·​pan·​sive ik-ˈspan(t)-siv How to pronounce expansive (audio)
: marked by or indicative of exaggerated euphoria and delusions of self-importance
a patient with expansive trends
expansiveness noun

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