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

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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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Although the Victoria and Albert Museum here is filled with an extraordinary array of treasures, its truly spectacular Cast Courts have been undergoing extensive and much-needed restoration since 2011. Richard Cork, WSJ, "Worthy Imitations Worth a Visit," 18 Dec. 2018 Cayla O’Connell Davis founded Knickey with an extensive knowledge of sustainable fashion, specifically organic cotton. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Is Your Underwear Bad for the Planet—And Possibly Your Health?," 30 Nov. 2018 Repeated, and recently increased, flooding may require extensive and costly flood mitigation efforts. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Rethinking the modern house museum," 12 Oct. 2018 At some point, the judging criteria became more extensive and community-oriented. Karla Peterson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Over-the-Line's Miss Emerson Contest isn't what you think it is," 13 July 2018 Security measures were extensive and conspicuous across the Esplanade and along Storrow Drive, where a long stretch of the usually busy roadway was closed to traffic. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, "A guide to the festivities: Plan your Fourth of July on the Esplanade," 4 July 2018 Three British diving experts rushed to the scene, as did a cave expert with extensive knowledge of Tham Luang. Time, "A Youth Soccer Team Has Been Trapped in a Thai Cave for More Than a Week. Here's Why It's Taking So Long to Find Them," 2 July 2018 But having put in extensive work to create Jackson's dulcet tones, Cooper's voice has likely changed since filming ended. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bradley Cooper Won't Perform as Jackson Maine at the Oscars 2019," 16 Feb. 2019 Why that isn’t the case is simple: Insurance won’t pay for more-expensive long-term care unless a person has already flunked out of less extensive and costly options, Bedi says. . Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "I Was One Of The Top Doctors In My Field. I Was Also An Opioid Addict.," 25 Feb. 2019

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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 How to pronounce extensive (audio) \

Kids Definition of extensive

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

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