ex·​ten·​sive | \ ik-ˈsten(t)-siv How to pronounce extensive (audio) \

Definition of extensive

1 : having wide or considerable extent extensive reading
3 : of, relating to, or constituting farming in which large areas of land are utilized with minimum outlay and labor

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Other Words from extensive

extensively adverb
extensiveness noun

Examples of extensive in a Sentence

The storm caused extensive damage. an extensive series of tests
Recent Examples on the Web Read more: Whitmer said due to the extensive damage and ongoing nature of the disaster, estimates of the cost of the damage could not be completed, though earlier calculations of a failure of the Edenville Dam were estimated at nearly $890 million. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Trump declares mid-Michigan flooding an emergency, authorizes FEMA aid," 21 May 2020 The torrent forced roughly 10,000 people to evacuate and inflicted extensive damage on property and infrastructure. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "Torrent Breaks Michigan Dam and Reveals Climate Risks," 21 May 2020 The storm is likely to cause extensive damage to crops, houses, power lines, and vegetation, Indian officials said. Sameer Yasir, BostonGlobe.com, "Cyclone bears down on India and Bangladesh," 19 May 2020 Rapid intervention in a stroke can ward off more extensive damage. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "When you should go to the hospital even in coronavirus age," 12 May 2020 Iceland has carried out extensive testing for Covid-19 and has been able to contain the pandemic, with no new cases registered over the last five days. Bloomberg.com, "Gilead Opens Treatment to Generics; Jilin Cases: Virus Update," 12 May 2020 Further Reading America’s COVID-19 testing has stalled, and that’s a big problem The plan relies on extensive testing, something the US has fallen well short of achieving. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "May 11 Coronavirus roundup: Symptoms, therapies, and policy confusion," 11 May 2020 Duke's website said the severe storms that swept through the state Wednesday night caused extensive damage taking down trees, poles and power lines. Cincinnati Enquirer, "Power play: Trader Joe's donates food after loss of electricity closes store," 9 Apr. 2020 The imagery shows extensive damage to the lungs of a generally healthy 59-year-old male with high blood pressure, Mortman said. Brian Fung, CNN, "Video reveals lung damage in US coronavirus patient: 'People need to take this seriously'," 26 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of extensive

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of extensive was in 1604

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25 May 2020

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“Extensive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extensive. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of extensive

: large in size or amount : very full or complete


ex·​ten·​sive | \ ik-ˈsten-siv How to pronounce extensive (audio) \

Kids Definition of extensive

: including or affecting many things The storm caused extensive damage.

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