Definition of extensive in English:

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Pronunciation: /ikˈstensiv/


1Covering or affecting a large area: an extensive garden
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  • This extensive over-development would affect the lives of everyone living in Fulford.
  • Today it belongs to the Rockefeller Foundation, but the extensive gardens are open to small guided tours.
  • The garden, quite extensive at that, had sported an abandoned look for a long time.
large, large-scale, sizable, substantial, considerable, ample, expansive, great, vast
1.1Large in amount or scale: an extensive collection of silver
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  • I have a fairly extensive amount of work done on the subject, and a number of links that are worth following.
  • Your Honour will realise there is an extensive amount of material on there.
  • There's nowhere else in the world you could see such an extensive and amazing collection of modern art.
comprehensive, thorough, exhaustive;
broad, wide, wide-ranging, catholic, eclectic
2(Of agriculture) obtaining a relatively small crop from a large area with a minimum of attention and expense: extensive farming techniques Often contrasted with intensive (sense 1 of the adjective).
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  • Secondly, at the time of the Mayans there was no extensive agriculture in Venezuela.
  • Viticulture is most extensive in the Rhine and Mosel valleys in west Germany and is an important export industry.
  • The REPS scheme should be ideally suited to the more extensive type of farming in island areas.



Pronunciation: /ikˈstensivnəs/
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  • Presently, the best views of the extensiveness of Gold Coast canals are seen from the air.
  • Perhaps the lack of social integration is related to the extensiveness of many students’ work schedules.
  • Using a single-head machine to stitch out my creations, I was able to see firsthand the extensiveness of the software's capabilities.


Late Middle English: from French extensif, -ive or late Latin extensivus, from extens- 'stretched out', from the verb extendere (see extend).

Words that rhyme with extensive

apprehensive, coextensive, comprehensive, defensive, expensive, intensive, offensive, ostensive, pensive, suspensive

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Syllabification: ex·ten·sive

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