ex·pan·sive | \ik-ˈspan(t)-siv \

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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Buy Photo This summer’s new dining options at the Atlantic City casinos are expansive, given the openings of Ocean Resort Casino and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Thursday, June 28. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "New dining options at Atlantic City's casinos include Garces and Hard Rock," 27 June 2018 An exterior wall around the expansive, nearly wrap-around deck provides privacy and allows the entryway to function as an extension of the living space. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "A Fire Island house brings the spirit of sand and surf indoors," 9 July 2018 The expansive, white sandy beach along a half-mile boardwalk offers excellent views of the Atlantic and of ferries that chug past all day long. Sarah Wesley Lemire, courant.com, "Five Connecticut Shoreline Destinations: All You Need To Know," 15 May 2018 House Republicans, who had been pushing for a more expansive financial overhaul bill that would eliminate the bureau and make other sweeping changes, appear ready to accept the more limited Senate bill that passed this year. San Antonio Express-News, "House votes to dismantle bias rule in auto lending," 9 May 2018 In this case, developers offered to restore the mansion and maintain green space for residents to use on the property’s expansive lawn, which has historically functioned as a community park in West Towson. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "Widespread support, a couple passionate detractors at Bosley Estates public meeting," 12 July 2018 The expansive double album drops Sept. 28, with a deluxe box set to follow. Sofia Mele, Billboard, "'Rick and Morty' Soundtrack to Be Released," 12 July 2018 Meanwhile, just across the way, One Paseo’s 608 residential units and accompanying expansive amenity spaces are also showing substantial progress. Jennifer Van Grove, sandiegouniontribune.com, "One Paseo: Inside the bustling construction site," 12 July 2018 Unlike the men, female professional golfers haven’t enjoyed an expansive senior tour with only a handful of events held on the Legends Tour. Gene Chamberlain, chicagotribune.com, "Elaine Crosby leads after first round of inaugural U.S. Senior Women's Open at Chicago Golf Club," 12 July 2018

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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

: 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 \

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 \ noun

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