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 Here are wildly expansive (and expensive) outdoor displays. Mike Hughes, Cincinnati.com, "Holiday TV schedule 2019: When to catch your favorite holiday classics, and find new ones," 25 Nov. 2019 In comparison, the prolonged shutdown in Iran is among the most expansive cases of government crackdowns on protesters’ ability to organize online and communicate with the outside world. Washington Post, "Iranians protested. Then, the Internet was cut, in a new global pattern of digital crackdown.," 21 Nov. 2019 With age, gender-expansive youth can explore other options such as gender-affirming hormones and surgery. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "GOP lawmakers in three states want to ban trans health care for minors," 1 Nov. 2019 Texas already has the most expansive pipeline network in the country with more than 460,000 miles (740,250 kilometers) of channels zigzagging through it. Clarice Silber, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Unlikely alliance fighting pipeline in Texas Hill Country," 19 Oct. 2019 There are currently very few explicit legal protections for transgender or gender-expansive people. Kirsten West Savali, Essence, "#SayHerName: Brianna ‘BB’ Hill Is The 20th Black Trans Woman To Be Killed In The US This Year," 17 Oct. 2019 Now that collection, which includes more than 70 paintings and an extensive archive of related material, is on view at the Hilbert in the most expansive display of the collection since the 1950s. Los Angeles Times, "Datebook: How L.A. photographer George Rodriguez chronicled every corner of the city," 17 Oct. 2019 The show’s longest, most expansive tour to date will be kick off Jan. 9 in Richmond, Virginia, and is scheduled to go all the way through early April. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "‘Dancing with the Stars’ announces longest live tour ever," 23 Sep. 2019 But the foul territory at the Coliseum is so expansive, fielders chasing foul balls rarely reach those mounds. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants begin construction of new bullpens: How Oracle Park is changing," 8 Nov. 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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29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Expansive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expansively. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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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to constrict the range or activity of

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