extensive

adjective ex·ten·sive \ ik-ˈsten(t)-siv \
|Updated on: 18 Aug 2018

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

extensively

adverb

extensiveness

noun

Examples of extensive in a Sentence

  1. The storm caused extensive damage.

  2. an extensive series of tests

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First Known Use of extensive

1604

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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EXTENSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of extensive for English Language Learners

  • : large in size or amount : very full or complete


EXTENSIVE Defined for Kids

extensive

adjective ex·ten·sive \ ik-ˈsten-siv \

Definition of extensive for Students

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


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