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
Recent Examples on the Web Here, those objects take pride of place alongside an extensive book collection, assortment of records, and mix of art. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How Marissa Bero Turned This Cold Apartment Into an Inviting Home," 29 Dec. 2020 Guests also enjoy the couple’s extensive art collection, which hangs on the walls at heights safe from little hands. R. Stephanie Bruno, NOLA.com, "History, art, elegance: Here are the unique New Orleans homes we toured in 2020," 21 Dec. 2020 Bickford of Aurora Director Renee Cerveny recently received an extensive collection of handmade clothing, linens and mattresses for two comfort dolls donated on behalf of the church group that calls itself the Naomi Circle. David Sharos, chicagotribune.com, "Dolls donated by Aurora church group offer comfort to residents at assisted living facility," 18 Dec. 2020 While there is extensive reporting and data collection happening in an effort to record the impact of coronavirus, efforts to visually document the suffering wrought by this pandemic have been scattered at best. Eve Sneider, Wired, "Pfizer Seeks Vaccine Approval, the CDC Urges Restraint, and More Coronavirus News," 20 Nov. 2020 Much of his extensive collection of art and decorative objects was purchased at a handful of global art fairs. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "A Hotel Mogul Creates His Own Personal Sanctuary in Miami Beach," 19 Nov. 2020 Getty rebuilt the crumbling villa as a sublime backdrop to his extensive art collection. New York Times, "11 Hotels to Visit in Your Dreams," 11 Nov. 2020 Luke Bryan has added a new trophy to his extensive collection of awards: the Heisman. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Luke Bryan and Tim Tebow Locked in Hilarious Trophy Showdown Ahead of Florida-Georgia Game," 6 Nov. 2020 While spending the weekend in New York City for Justin Bieber's Saturday Night Live appearance as this week’s musical guest, the model added a couple of teeny-tiny new tattoos to her already extensive collection. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Hailey Bieber Just Got Two New Tattoos — & They’re Pretty Special," 19 Oct. 2020

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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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20 Jan 2021

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“Extensive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extensive. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce extensive (audio)

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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