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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An extensive renovation of the SunPass computer network was expected to last about a week through early June. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "SunPass accounts being restored after weeks of a botched system upgrade," 6 July 2018 Six months after the coffee shop opened, an extensive renovation of the shopping plaza started with construction fencing all around. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "La Grange, Darien entrepreneurs use crowdfunding to raise money for their businesses," 2 July 2018 Now, back in Rockford, the original Peaches home field, Beyer Stadium, is undergoing an extensive renovation. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Catch a Game at These Still-Functional All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Ballparks This Summer," 29 June 2018 The symphony broke ground last week on its extensive renovation of the former Warner Grand Theatre at 212 W. Wisconsin Ave. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New contract increases Milwaukee Symphony musicians' pay after move to new concert hall," 25 June 2018 Owners of the new brewery won a municipal beautification award for their extensive renovation of 193 Arch St. Mayor Erin Stewart and Economic Development Director Bill Carroll presented the award on Thursday. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "New Brewery Wins Beautification Award In New Britain," 21 June 2018 When the Hamlines purchased it in 2009, the home was halfway through extensive renovations. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Coolest homes: 10 unique modern homes featured on azcentral," 21 June 2018 The club carried out extensive renovations on the property after acquiring it. Robert Khederian, Curbed, "Tomb raiders: The clubhouses of Yale’s secret societies," 21 June 2018 The palatial hotel on 200 acres, with the longest stretch of private beach in Oman, will reopen after an extensive renovation in September 2018. Peter Gwin, WSJ, "The Horses That Changed History," 19 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of extensive

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

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