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 final game was an extensive nail-biter, with Anderson ultimately winning out 13-11. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Roger Federer Exits Wimbledon After a Nail-Biting Match Against Kevin Anderson," 11 July 2018 The manual recount is the most extensive of four options that losing candidates can request when petitioning for a recount. baltimoresun.com, "FAQ: What you need to know about the Baltimore County recount," 10 July 2018 The extensive game library will also be available and there is no need to bring along games. Courant Community, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 10 July 2018 The renovation is part of the most extensive makeover of the Penn Museum in its 118-year history. Stephan Salisbury, Philly.com, "Visit the Penn Museum's Sphinx this weekend, or wait another 4 to 6 years," 5 July 2018 The month of July should bring Saturn and its rings — the most extensive ring system of any planet in the entire solar system — into view while Mars and its moons come into play late July and August, Nichols said. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "Adler Planetarium bringing telescopes to a library, park or taproom near you this summer," 20 June 2018 This tragic history played out along central Oregon's Bridge Creek, a 45-kilometer-long waterway that is the site of the country's most extensive BDA experiment. Ben Goldfarb, Science | AAAS, "Beaver dams without beavers? Artificial logjams are a popular but controversial restoration tool," 7 June 2018 Hawes, who conducted one of the most extensive national studies of the industry, said her research has found assisted living companies expect to earn profit margins of 30 percent. Cassie Cope And Fred Clasen-kelly, charlotteobserver, "Her sick mom's care was costing her thousands and they 'didn't even give you sheets'," 31 May 2018 Eliade had the most extensive ties, being a supporter of the Iron Guard in his native Romania. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Jordan Peterson’s Tired Old Myths," 21 May 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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