WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
ex•ten•sive /ɪkˈstɛnsɪv/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. of great extent;
    wide;
    broad: The bomb destroyed an extensive area.
ex•ten•sive•ly, adv. See -tend-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
ex•ten•sive  (ik stensiv),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. of great extent; wide;
    broad:an extensive area.
  2. covering or extending over a great area:extensive travels.
  3. far-reaching;
    comprehensive;
    thorough:extensive knowledge.
  4. lengthy:an extensive journey.
  5. great in amount, number, or degree:an extensive fortune; extensive political influence.
  6. of or having extension:Space is extensive, time durational.
  7. Agriculturenoting or pertaining to a system of agriculture involving the use or cultivation of large areas of land with a minimum of labor and expense (opposed to intensive).
ex•tensive•ly, adv. 
ex•tensive•ness, ex•ten•siv•i•ty  (ek′sten sivi tē, ik-),USA pronunciation n. 
  • Late Latin extēnsīvus, equivalent. to Latin extēns(us) (past participle of extendere to extend) + -īvus -ive
  • late Middle English 1375–1425
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged extended, large, spacious, ample, vast.
    • 1, 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged limited, narrow, confined.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged parochial.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

extensive /ɪkˈstɛnsɪv/ adj
  1. having a large extent, area, scope, degree, etc; vast
  2. widespread
  3. involving or farmed with minimum expenditure of capital or labour, esp depending on a large area of land
    Compare intensive
  4. of or relating to logical extension

exˈtensiveness n



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Collocations: [conducted, carried out] an extensive search (of), have [done, conducted] extensive research [in, on], have extensive (work) experience in [marketing, construction], more...

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