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

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But this effort only came after an extensive and damaging influence campaign in the 2016 election, including numerous ads placed by Russian agents in violation of federal election laws. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Without new laws, Facebook has no reason to fix its broken ad system," 31 Oct. 2018 All told, Brown’s extensive reporting paints a picture that’s all too common: a rich and well-connected man manipulating the legal system to protect himself. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained," 22 Feb. 2019 At Heinzle, in an extensive, open-air eating area that hugs the Danube, the focus is on fish. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Way to Experience Austria's Wine Country Is By Bike," 7 Sep. 2018 Having to wear extensive facial prosthetics, his skin-care regimen calls for a bit—make that a lot—more TLC. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Ryan Reynolds on His Skin-Care Routine, and Why It’s Sexy to Embrace Aging," 14 Feb. 2019 Prince William's wife regularly wears iconic pieces from Diana's extensive jewelry collection, as well as being inspired by her legendary style, which is always a sweet tribute to her late mother-in-law. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wore the Smartest Tweed Suit to the Mental Health in Education Conference," 13 Feb. 2019 The pitchers and catchers that are invited to spring training, show up, take the Mariners’ exhaustive and extensive physical — the vicious cardiac stress test is no longer used — and then go home for the day. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "A bright, sunny day in Arizona as Mariners pitchers and catchers report for spring training," 12 Feb. 2019 Meanwhile, Wendy continues to recover from a shoulder fracture and is currently seeking extensive treatment for complications related to Graves' disease. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "'The Wendy Williams Show' Replaced Wendy With Nick Cannon While She Recovers," 30 Jan. 2019 Scotland's historic Fife Arms Hotel just reopened after an extensive restoration, and Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla were on hand to tour the space today. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Prince Charles and Camilla Tour the Newly Renovated Fife Arms, Which Features Art by Queen Victoria," 11 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of extensive

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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