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 In the most expansive move of its three-year partnership with the NAACP, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is donating nearly $10 million for three new educational and humanitarian initiatives. The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 June 2021 Texas Democrats successfully blocked the state’s expansive voting bill, known as S.B. 7, in a late-night walkout and are starting a major statewide registration program focused on racially diverse communities. New York Times, 14 June 2021 Mejicanos opened Red Window with the intention of bringing San Francisco its most expansive, seasonal, low-proof cocktail bar. Chelsea Davis, Forbes, 10 June 2021 Later this month, the Senate is set to take up S. 1, or the For the People Act, an expansive but controversial voting and elections reform bill. Grace Segers, CBS News, 10 June 2021 The Senate overwhelmingly passed an expansive bill to invest almost $250 billion in bolstering U.S. manufacturing and technology to meet the economic and strategic challenge from China. Time, 9 June 2021 Facing public and local business opposition in Minneapolis, the City Council beat a retreat from its most expansive promise of police abolition. Nikhil Pal Singh, The New Republic, 14 May 2021 At 234 square miles, Northwest ISD is one of the most expansive school districts in Dallas-Fort Worth, spanning three counties and 14 municipalities. Paul O'donnell, Dallas News, 7 May 2021 Under an expansive police reform bill Britt is sponsoring, authorities also would track all use of force by officers resulting in serious injury or death. Colleen Slevin, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 May 2021

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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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18 Jun 2021

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“Expansive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expansive. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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 expansive (audio) \ noun


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