Definitions for extensiveɪkˈstɛn sɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ex•ten•siveɪkˈstɛn sɪv(adj.)

  1. of great extent; wide; broad:

    an extensive area.

  2. covering or extending over a great area:

    extensive travels.

  3. comprehensive; far-reaching or thorough:

    extensive knowledge.

  4. great in amount, number, or degree:

    extensive political influence.

  5. of or having extension.

  6. of or pertaining to a system of farming in which large tracts of land are cultivated with minimum labor and expense

    Category: Agriculture

    Ref: (opposed to intensive ).

Origin of extensive:

1375–1425; < LL extēnsīvus < L extēns(us), ptp. of extendere to extend

ex•ten′sive•nessˌɛk stɛnˈsɪv ɪ ti, ɪk-(n.)

ex•ten•siv•i•tyˌɛk stɛnˈsɪv ɪ ti, ɪk-(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. extensive, extended(adj)

    large in spatial extent or range or scope or quantity

    "an extensive Roman settlement in northwest England"; "extended farm lands"; "surgeons with extended experience"; "they suffered extensive damage"

  2. across-the-board, all-embracing, all-encompassing, all-inclusive, blanket(a), broad, encompassing, extensive, panoptic, wide(adj)

    broad in scope or content

    "across-the-board pay increases"; "an all-embracing definition"; "blanket sanctions against human-rights violators"; "an invention with broad applications"; "a panoptic study of Soviet nationality"- T.G.Winner; "granted him wide powers"

  3. extensive(adj)

    of agriculture; increasing productivity by using large areas with minimal outlay and labor

    "producing wheat under extensive conditions"; "agriculture of the extensive type"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. extensive(adjective)ɪkˈstɛn sɪv

    very large in number, amount, or degree

    The fire caused extensive damage.; the travel company's extensive range of destinations; her extensive knowledge of botany

  2. extensiveɪkˈstɛn sɪv

    large in area

    forests covering an extensive area


  1. extensive(Adjective)

    In the nature of an extent, wide, widespread.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Extensive(adj)

    having wide extent; of much superficial extent; expanded; large; broad; wide; comprehensive; as, an extensive farm; an extensive lake; an extensive sphere of operations; extensive benevolence; extensive greatness

  2. Extensive(adj)

    capable of being extended

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'extensive' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2439

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'extensive' in Adjectives Frequency: #330

Translations for extensive

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


large in area or amount

extensive plantations; He suffered extensive injuries in the accident.

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