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

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 Images from the wreck showed extensive damage to all three vehicles. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, 11 May 2022 Two units sustained extensive fire damage, and two cats were found dead in a first-floor unit, the release states. Rosana Hughes, ajc, 8 May 2022 Last year’s first quarter included frigid February weather in Texas and other states that caused frozen pipes to burst, leading to extensive water damage. Leslie Scism, WSJ, 4 May 2022 Many businesses in La Flor Blanca’s South Park neighborhood suffered extensive damage. Los Angeles Times, 30 Apr. 2022 The suspect vehicle had extensive front-end damage after the crash. oregonlive, 28 Apr. 2022 Following a 2019 report that brought to light extensive damage caused by overfishing, Abu Dhabi’s Environment Agency introduced new regulations to protect fish stocks. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Apr. 2022 My work as a natural resource attorney with an extensive background in permitting and lobbying affords great talent in overcoming federal bureaucratic hurdles. Anchorage Daily News, 3 May 2022 Although the damage was extensive Friday, only a handful of injuries were reported by authorities early Saturday. Aya Elamroussi And Michelle Watson, CNN, 30 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of extensive

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Extensive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extensive. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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