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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American special forces also go on joint patrols with the army in Niger, and France conducts extensive operations across the Sahel. The Economist, "The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa," 14 July 2018 Club members built an extensive layout, which spans two connected rooms, to run their trains. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Model railroad club still operates in a historic train station hiding in plain sight in the Harbor District," 13 July 2018 That was a problem with local management, in contrast with Schnatter as Papa John's highly visible spokesman and brand ambassador, which has a far more extensive impact. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Analysts: Papa John's better off without a key ingredient — the founder," 12 July 2018 The animal attraction in south Miami-Dade County quietly reopened on May 1, following an extensive clean-up project at the 30-acre park. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "Monkey Jungle has reopened. Here is what has happened since the animal-abuse allegations.," 12 July 2018 Her fresh-faced look is supplemented by her extensive skincare routine, which starts with keeping hydrated. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "4 Products Emily Skye Uses for Full, Natural Brows," 12 July 2018 Barton says this is where going the reforestation route could help, because native trees have extensive root systems that keep the unwanted plants at bay. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "From Defiled to Wild—Can a Spent Coal Mine Be Reborn as a Nature Conservation Center?," 11 July 2018 Many longtime residents have never heard about it, said Jane Smith, an amateur historian who conducted extensive research on James’s murder. Joe Heim, Washington Post, "Sacred ground, now reclaimed: A Charlottesville story," 7 July 2018 Moriuchi has done extensive open source research on the regime's ongoing cyber crime operation, which includes stealing bitcoins and other forms of cryptocurrency in order to evade sanctions. Jenna Mclaughlin, CNN, "US wary of North Korean cyber prowess ahead of Kim-Trump summit," 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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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