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 information and details
Extensive research is being done into the connection between the disease and poor living conditions.
The exhibition has received extensive coverage in the national press.
>extensively adv
As a student, he travelled extensively in the Middle East.

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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

  • extensive — I adjective ample, amplus, big, branching, broad, broad based, capacious, commodious, comprehensive, considerable, covering a wide area, deep, diffuse, diffusive, embracing a large area, encompassing a wide area, expanded, expansive, extended,… …   Law dictionary

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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

  • extensive — ► ADJECTIVE 1) covering a large area. 2) large in amount or scale. DERIVATIVES extensively adverb extensiveness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • 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 — [[t]ɪkste̱nsɪv[/t]] ♦♦♦ 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:… …   English 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

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