extensive

adjective
ex·​ten·​sive | \ik-ˈsten(t)-siv \

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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The blurbs are rarely extensive, definitely not as long nor detailed as the database entries in older Assassin’s Creed games. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Assassin's Creed: Odyssey's hidden Historical Locations map is stuffed with Ancient Greek lore," 11 Oct. 2018 And, of course, the wine list is extensive: there are elegant blends from Bordeaux, fruity rosés, and champagnes from LVMH’s portfolio. Amy Louise Bailey, Vogue, "The New York City Restaurants to Know This Fall," 31 Aug. 2018 Peter’s business savvy was extensive with business endeavors including East Coast Fisheries, businesses in the Caribbean, and East Coast Restaurant on the Miami River. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/11," 11 July 2018 The house specialties center on seafood, and the wine list is extensive. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "One Day, One Place: Half Moon Bay harbor," 11 July 2018 The damage to subway cabling from corrosion was extensive, and the repairs have been strictly temporary patches. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018 Because her wounds were too extensive to be treated in Boise, she was airlifted to Salt Lake City. Maria L. La Ganga And Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "A speeding ambulance. Asking how a toddler died. 2 boys recall Boise's mass stabbing," 2 July 2018 The damage to her intestines was extensive, and the chance of survival with additional surgery was minimal. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keepers at Milwaukee County Zoo worked 24/7 to care for baby gorilla after its parents died," 29 June 2018 The menu is extensive and varied, and many of the proteins feature some sort of gravy or sauce that lends itself to paring with the rice. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Where to try Hawaiian plate lunches on the mainland," 28 June 2018

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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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extensive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of extensive

: large in size or amount : very full or complete

extensive

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

Kids Definition of extensive

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

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