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 Bailey had unlimited access to Roth’s papers and spent extensive time with the author, who died in 2018. Hillel Italie, USA TODAY, "Publisher pauses release of 'Philip Roth: The Biography' after allegations against author," 21 Apr. 2021 In South Florida, the damage was so extensive, communities were without electricity for two to four weeks. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Hurricane Facts: Which hurricane kept Floridians in the dark the longest?," 19 Apr. 2021 Barbara Armacost, a law professor at the University of Virginia, said traffic laws are very extensive and can overcriminalize. Lauren Castle, The Arizona Republic, "What are your rights when you get pulled over in a traffic stop?," 17 Apr. 2021 Officials at a Vermont high school have announced that toxic chemical contamination at the school is more extensive than expected and will be costly to decontaminate. BostonGlobe.com, "Burlington, Vt., high school contamination more extensive than feared," 15 Apr. 2021 Answering this question is crucial for understanding how extensive our vaccination programs must be to drive down transmission, planning for next year, and identifying long-term strategies for managing Covid-19. John Drake, Forbes, "How Long Does Immunity To SARS-CoV-2 Last?," 15 Apr. 2021 In the same period, the drop in hospitalizations was much smaller for younger age groups - those where vaccinations are not nearly as extensive. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "ACLU lawsuit claims Ohio unconstitutionally garnished inmates’ stimulus money: The Wake Up for Tuesday, April 13, 2021," 13 Apr. 2021 The extent of the damage is unclear but Zarif's promise to replace the centrifuges indicates that material losses may have been extensive. CNN, "Mysterious blackout in Iran threatens to undermine nuclear talks," 12 Apr. 2021 Several other defensive linemen, including ends Charles Coleman and Brock Higdon and tackles Jamall Hickbottom and Zeke Chapman got extensive playing time in 2020. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Gi’Narious Johnson brings strength, versatility to South Alabama defensive line," 9 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of extensive

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Apr 2021

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“Extensive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extensive. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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