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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Recent Examples on the Web Virgin Voyages, part of Richard Branson's expansive Virgin Group, was slated to set sail in April and then was delayed until August. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Virgin Voyages Announces Sanitation Protocols Ahead of Delayed Launch," 18 June 2020 The most expansive national efforts are digital: The Collective PAC, aimed at building Black political power, has launched a new effort to collect cell phone data from protesters in order to serve them ads about registering to vote. Charlotte Alter, Time, "How Black Lives Matter Could Reshape the 2020 Elections," 17 June 2020 Our remedy must be bold and expansive in enacting inclusive connectivity policies that center on communities of color. Essence, "Broadband Access Is A Civil Right We Can’t Afford To Lose – But Many Can’t Afford To Have," 17 June 2020 This trailer is a bit more expansive, giving us our first look at combat. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Sony reveals the PlayStation 5 and trailers for Horizon, Gran Turismo, Spider-Man and more," 11 June 2020 The legislation is the most expansive effort in recent years to address national policing practices at a federal level. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "Police reforms quickly take hold across America. It's only just getting started," 14 June 2020 Only the graduating seniors returned for Saturday's event, which is being moved from the on-campus football stadium to an expansive parade field known as the Plain. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "Trump to deliver West Point commencement address amid racial tensions, coronavirus fears," 14 June 2020 California, which implemented the country’s first statewide stay-at-home order, entered the most expansive phase of its gradual reopening Friday. Author: Paul J. Weber, Anchorage Daily News, "Some states hit pause, others press on amid spike in virus," 13 June 2020 The bill is the most expansive intervention into policing that lawmakers have proposed in recent memory. New York Times, BostonGlobe.com, "So you want to learn about Juneteenth?," 13 June 2020

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First Known Use of expansive

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of expansive was in 1651

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29 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Expansive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expansive. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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