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 dinnerb : marked by or indicative of exaggerated euphoria and delusions of self-importance an expansive patient
5 : characterized by richness, abundance, or magnificence expansive living expansive taste
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 of expansive from the Web
For those who live in the port city’s expansive seaside suburbs, there are further compensations: big houses with poolside bars, bevies of servants and, behind high walls and security guards, night spots as fancy as any in Dubai or Mumbai.
Exposed brick behind the expansive bar area and a reclaimed barn door that opens to its home theater add to the room's laid back, country vibe.
There is an expansive pantheon of valuable shows/movies depicting African-American life, such as The Color Purple, Glory, and Roots, to name a few.
The Supreme Court has traditionally affirmed expansive civil forfeiture rules by reference to colonial practices rooted in admiralty, piracy, and customs law.
Not so at Sloss Fest, which has two primary stages located in an expansive field of dirt.
It was divided not only geographically, between East and West, but also by class – between the rural, agrarian peasants who occupied the expansive countrysides, and the intellectual elite in the cities.
Set on a nearly half-acre lot, the expansive outdoor space includes two bocce ball courts, corn hole, and life-size games of both Jenga and Connect Four.
At the Fort Irwin National Training Center, outside Barstow California, the Army has created an expansive training ground—
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First Known Use of expansive
EXPANSIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of expansive for English Language Learners
: talking a lot
: covering or including many things : very broad or wide
: covering a large space or area
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