ex·​pan·​sive | \ ik-ˈspan(t)-siv How to pronounce expansive (audio) \

Definition of expansive

1 : having a capacity or a tendency to expand
2 : causing or tending to cause expansion
3a : 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

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Other Words from expansive

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.
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which uses a more expansive definition beyond professional freelancers, suggests the number is smaller and growth is slower. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This platform connects emerging companies with vetted freelance talent to grow," 14 June 2018 For starters, their approach is a lot more expansive than Huddersfield’s, which can produce good football but is easier to pull apart. SI.com, "Why Brighton Should Be More Concerned About Dreaded 'Second Season Syndrome' Than Their Rivals," 22 May 2018 But Macron indicated that Trump was willing to work on a more expansive agreement. Michelle Kosinski, CNN, "Macron concedes it's going to take way more work to keep Trump in the Iran nuclear deal," 26 Apr. 2018 Nonprofits in Kalispell and Whitefish have purchased forestland and built expansive trail networks. Jen Fifield, The Christian Science Monitor, "Promise of outdoor activities pulls new residents to rural areas," 19 Apr. 2018 In fact, through its expansive ad network, Facebook even collects info from people who aren't even on the platform. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Deleting Facebook? Here Are the Best Alternatives For What You'll Miss," 22 Mar. 2018 Each issue serves up farm-fresh content across a (fittingly expansive) range of categories: home décor, home reno, entertaining, food, gardening, pets, travel and more. Country Living, "Contact the Editors and Get Help for Your Country Living Subscription," 4 Jan. 2019 By Cornyn’s estimate, as many as a half-dozen significant proposals — ranging from narrow to expansive — will be fully debated. Bill Lambrecht, San Antonio Express-News, "Senate to start real debate on immigration," 10 Feb. 2018 The Southwest region is experiencing an unprecedented 19-year drought in the expansive Colorado River Basin, which supplies water to 40 million Americans. Maia Wikler, Teen Vogue, "Activists Protest Bureau of Land Management Leasing That Allow Oil and Gas Drilling on Public Lands," 15 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of expansive

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of expansive

formal : talking a lot
: covering or including many things : very broad or wide
: covering a large space or area


ex·​pan·​sive | \ ik-ˈspan(t)-siv How to pronounce expansive (audio) \

Medical Definition of expansive

: marked by or indicative of exaggerated euphoria and delusions of self-importance a patient with expansive trends

Other Words from expansive

expansiveness \ -​nəs How to pronounce expansiveness (audio) \ noun

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