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 natural wine list is quite extensive: there are whites from Germany, South America, Spain, Italy; and even special orange/skin contact wines. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "9 Celebrity Owned Bars That Are Worth the Hype," 20 Dec. 2018 The state evening news broadcast, which has given extensive coverage to the protests in Paris, devoted only a 30-second mention of it Thursday night. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "Budapest Hit by Protests Over ‘Slave Law’," 16 Dec. 2018 Gorsuch, who joined the court just last year, was recalled by a mere 6 percent of respondents, despite extensive media coverage of his nomination and confirmation. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Name a Supreme Court justice? More than half of Americans can't, survey says," 30 Aug. 2018 The networks have announced extensive coverage of Trump in Europe. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Chris Wallace, Fox News land Putin interview," 12 July 2018 In 2016, Barnett orchestrated candidate Trump’s meeting with Haitian-Americans in Little Haiti and made sure the visit received extensive coverage in Haitian community media outlets. Anthony Man, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Haitian-American voters could turn on Trump," 5 July 2018 The deaths led to extensive media coverage, and the city scrambled to shift money from another road project to build a sidewalk. Steve Harrison And Gavin Off, charlotteobserver, "Residents say a death 'has to happen for the city to make changes.' They may be right.," 19 June 2018 Hayes' emails and other public records have received extensive coverage by the media in recent years, as have Hayes' statements on social media and the state ethics commission's findings. Hillary Borrud, OregonLive.com, "Cylvia Hayes: 5 takeaways from her explanation of her bankruptcy plans," 7 June 2018 In October, attorney George Gesenhues filed on Raake's behalf a motion for a change of venue, based on extensive coverage of the case in media and social media. Aprile Rickert, chicagotribune.com, "Former Indiana school official gets jail after locker room camera found," 5 June 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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