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

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 My work as a natural resource attorney with an extensive background in permitting and lobbying affords great talent in overcoming federal bureaucratic hurdles. Anchorage Daily News, 3 May 2022 Although the damage was extensive Friday, only a handful of injuries were reported by authorities early Saturday. Aya Elamroussi And Michelle Watson, CNN, 30 Apr. 2022 So when the price of a barrel nears $100, the ripple effect is extensive. Bryan Pearson, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 In Willow's case, the symptoms have been extensive. Giovana Gelhoren, PEOPLE.com, 23 Apr. 2022 Because the needs of arriving refugees is extensive, so too is the list of opportunities to assist. Linda Chase, Sun Sentinel, 21 Apr. 2022 Damage to the plane was extensive and resulted in a small fuel leak that was contained by fire personnel. Christian Martinezstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2022 An extra-alarm fire erupted early Saturday at an auto-repair business in the Ravenswood neighborhood on the North Side causing extensive damage to three buildings, Chicago Fire Department officials said. Deanese Williams-harris, Chicago Tribune, 23 Apr. 2022 Those events, along with other developments, led to an 11-day war between Israel and Hamas that killed over 250 Palestinians and 14 people in Israel, causing extensive damage in Gaza. Tia Goldenberg, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of extensive

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Extensive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extensive. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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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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