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 Fact-checkers did not always have such an expansive bailiwick. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "How Political Fact-Checkers Distort the Truth," 8 Jan. 2020 Three restaurants will offer expansive second-floor views of Big Snow, providing entertainment for people who prefer chairs to chairlifts, the mall take on apres-ski without the ski. Karen Heller, Anchorage Daily News, "The future of American skiing may be inside a New Jersey mall," 8 Jan. 2020 Behind the dining room, the expansive kitchen is partially visible behind a scrim. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "New Dallas steakhouse lands on list of ‘11 most beautiful new restaurants in America’," 7 Jan. 2020 From there, hike to the vertical drop off Lake Chutes or traverse into the expansive bowl of Whale’s Tail. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "36 Hours in Your Favorite North American Ski Towns," 6 Jan. 2020 In other words, the satellite can help create an expansive map of how deep the coastal waters run near the shore. Jon Gertner, Scientific American, "How a New Wave of Orbiting Sentinels Is Changing Climate Science," 6 Jan. 2020 The outcome will clarify the legislative branch’s appetite for checking an expansive presidency and will also likely play a continuing role in Mr. Trump’s fight for re-election. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Iran Uncertainty Grips Congress as Impeachment Looms," 5 Jan. 2020 Outside is an expansive backyard with a large covered patio for entertaining al fresco. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "What $300,000 buys in Houston compared to the suburbs," 3 Jan. 2020 But bosses do not need to hire sci-fi authors to benefit from their expansive imaginations. The Economist, "What sci-fi can tell us about the future," 31 Dec. 2019

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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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11 Jan 2020

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“Expansive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expansive?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=expans10. Accessed 19 January 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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