1) ADJ-GRADED Something that is extensive covers or includes a large physical area.

...an extensive tour of Latin America...

When built, the palace and its grounds were more extensive than the city itself.

Derived words:
extensively ADV-GRADED ADV after v

Mark, however, needs to travel extensively with his varied business interests.

2) ADJ-GRADED Something that is extensive covers a wide range of details, ideas, or items.

Developments in South Africa receive extensive coverage in The Sunday Telegraph.

...the extensive research into public attitudes to science...

The facilities available are very extensive.

Derived words:
extensively ADV-GRADED ADV after v, ADV adj/-ed

...the extensively reported trial...

All these issues have been extensively researched in recent years.

3) ADJ-GRADED If something is extensive, it is very great.

The blast caused extensive damage, shattering the front hall and the ground-floor rooms...

The security forces have extensive powers of search and arrest...

Mr Marr makes extensive use of exclusively Scottish words.

Derived words:
extensively ADV-GRADED ADV after v, ADV -ed

Hydrogen is used extensively in industry for the production of ammonia.

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  • Extensive — Ex*ten sive, a. [L. extensivus: cf. F. extensif. See {Extend}.] 1. 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • extensive — [adj] far reaching, thorough across the board*, all encompassing, all inclusive, big, blanket*, boundless, broad, capacious, commodious, comprehensive, comprising, considerable, expanded, extended, far flung*, general, great, hefty, huge,… …   New thesaurus

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  • extensive — [ek sten′siv, iksten′siv] adj. [ME < L extensivus < extensus: see EXTENSIBLE] 1. having great extent; covering a large area; vast 2. having a wide scope, effect, influence, etc.; far reaching; comprehensive 3. of or characterized by… …   English World dictionary

  • extensive — extensively, adv. extensiveness, extensivity /ek sten siv i tee, ik /, n. /ik sten siv/, adj. 1. of great extent; wide; broad: an extensive area. 2. covering or extending over a great area: extensive travels. 3. far reaching; comprehensive;… …   Universalium

  • extensive — ex|ten|sive [ ık stensıv ] adjective *** 1. ) very large in amount or degree: The accident caused extensive damage to both cars. the restaurant s extensive wine list 2. ) involving a lot of details and information: She has an extensive knowledge… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • extensive */*/*/ — UK [ɪkˈstensɪv] / US adjective 1) very large in amount or degree The accident caused extensive damage to both cars. the restaurant s extensive wine list 2) involving a lot of details and information She has an extensive knowledge of art history.… …   English dictionary

  • extensive — ex|ten|sive W3 [ıkˈstensıv] adj 1.) large in size, amount, or degree ▪ The house stands in extensive grounds. ▪ Fire has caused extensive damage to the island s forests. ▪ the extensive use of pesticides 2.) containing or dealing with a lot of… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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