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 Trans employees plan virtual walkout to protest Netflix's support for the special Not much is known about how extensive the walkout will be. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2021 Dauphinais’ alleged efforts to prevent social workers from discovering Lewis was missing was more extensive, allegedly pushing two more people, identified as Bruce Scherzer and Tracy Lyn Dauphinais, to lie to social workers last Thursday. BostonGlobe.com, 20 Oct. 2021 The full bar includes specialty cocktails, martinis, beer and an extensive wine list. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 12 Oct. 2021 So after all of his filmmaking experiences and accomplishments with such an extensive list of treasured films, does Newman have a favorite film score from his many creations? Jeff Conway, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 Even the Wikipedia page has an extensive list of suspects. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 6 Oct. 2021 The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Monday released an extensive list of groups of people who should get a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months after receiving their second dose of the Pfizer immunization series. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Sep. 2021 Beverage service will include beer and wine and an extensive list of non-alcoholic options. Bob Chiarito, chicagotribune.com, 21 Sep. 2021 With its cozy atmosphere and extensive list of local ciders—including some from Trumansburg's own Black Diamond Farm—Hazelnut Kitchen is easily one of my favorite restaurants in the Northeast. Jason Wilson, Travel + Leisure, 17 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of extensive

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Extensive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extensive. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of extensive

: large in size or amount : very full or complete


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Kids Definition of extensive

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

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