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1. Large in extent, range, or amount.
2. Of or relating to the cultivation of vast areas of land with a minimum of labor or expense.

ex·ten′sive·ly adv.
ex·ten′sive·ness n.


1. having a large extent, area, scope, degree, etc; vast: extensive deserts; an extensive inheritance.
2. widespread: extensive coverage in the press.
3. (Agriculture) agriculture involving or farmed with minimum expenditure of capital or labour, esp depending on a large area of land. Compare intensive3
4. (General Physics) physics of or relating to a property, measurement, etc, of a macroscopic system that is proportional to the size of the system: heat is an extensive property. Compare intensive7
5. (Logic) logic
a. of or relating to logical extension
b. (of a definition) in terms of the objects to which the term applies rather than its meaning
exˈtensively adv
exˈtensiveness n


(ɪkˈstɛn sɪv)

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 (opposed to intensive).
[1375–1425; < Late Latin extēnsīvus < Latin extēns(us), past participle of extendere to extend]
ex•ten′sive•ly, adv.
ex•ten′sive•ness, ex•ten•siv•i•ty (ˌɛk stɛnˈsɪv ɪ ti, ɪk-) n.


1. 'extended'

You use extended to describe things which last longer than usual.

...extended news bulletins on TV.
If smoked in large doses for an extended period, marijuana can be physically addictive.
2. 'extensive'

If something is extensive, it covers a large area.

...an extensive Roman settlement in north-west England.

An extensive effect is very great.

Many buildings suffered extensive damage in the blast.

Extensive also means 'covering many details'.

We had fairly extensive discussions.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.extensive - 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"
big, large - above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a large city"; "set out for the big city"; "a large sum"; "a big (or large) barn"; "a large family"; "big businesses"; "a big expenditure"; "a large number of newspapers"; "a big group of scientists"; "large areas of the world"
2.extensive - 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"
comprehensive - including all or everything; "comprehensive coverage"; "a comprehensive history of the revolution"; "a comprehensive survey"; "a comprehensive education"
3.extensive - of agriculture; increasing productivity by using large areas with minimal outlay and labor; "producing wheat under extensive conditions"; "agriculture of the extensive type"
intensive - of agriculture; intended to increase productivity of a fixed area by expending more capital and labor; "intensive agriculture"; "intensive conditions"


1. large, considerable, substantial, spacious, wide, sweeping, broad, expansive, capacious, commodious This 18th century manor house is set in extensive grounds. large tight, narrow, restricted, confined, constricted, circumscribed
2. comprehensive, complete, thorough, lengthy, long, wide, wholesale, pervasive, protracted, all-inclusive The story received extensive coverage in the Times.
comprehensive restricted
3. great, large, huge, extended, vast, widespread, comprehensive, universal, large-scale, far-reaching, prevalent, far-flung, all-inclusive, voluminous, humongous or humungous (U.S. slang) The blast caused extensive damage.
great limited


مـُمْتَدّواسِع، مُنْتَشِر، مُوَسَّع
yfirgripsmikill, víîtækur
genişbüyük boyutta
rộng rãi


[ɪksˈtensɪv] ADJ
1. (= covering large area) [grounds, estate, area] → extenso; [network, tour] → extenso, amplio; [surgery] → de envergadura; [burns] → de consideración
2. (= comprehensive) [collection, list] → extenso; [range, reforms, interests] → amplio; [enquiry, tests, research] → exhaustivo; [knowledge] → vasto, amplio
it got extensive coverage in the British papersobtuvo una amplia cobertura en la prensa británica
3. (= considerable) [damage, investments] → considerable, importante; [experience] → amplio, vasto; [repairs] → de consideración; [powers] → amplio
many buildings suffered extensive damage in the blastla explosión causó daños considerables or importantes en muchos edificios
to make extensive use of sthusar or utilizar algo mucho
the machine developed a fault after extensive usela máquina falló después de usarse mucho


[ɪkˈstɛnsɪv] adj
(= covering a wide area) → vaste
The castle is set in extensive grounds → Le château est situé au cœur d'un vaste domaine.
[damage, alterations] → considérable
The earthquake caused extensive damage → Le tremblement de terre a causé des dommages considérables.
(= wide-ranging) [inquiries] → approfondi(e); [discussions] → approfondi(e)
[use] [drugs, mobile phones] → largement répandu(e)
to make extensive use of sth → avoir largement recours à qch


adj area, land, forest, settlement, tourausgedehnt; plans, reforms, influence, powers, rightsweitreichend, weit reichend; research, range, menu, collection, alterations, repairs, surgeryumfangreich; burns, rashgroßflächig; damagebeträchtlich; knowledgeumfassend, umfangreich; experiencereich, groß; networkweitverzweigt; viewweit; the facilities available are very extensivees steht eine Vielzahl von Einrichtungen zur Verfügung; the story got or was given extensive coverage in the papersüber diese Geschichte wurde in der Presse ausführlich berichtet; we had fairly extensive discussionswir haben es ziemlich ausführlich diskutiert; to make extensive use of somethingetw häufig or viel benutzen


[ɪksˈtɛnsɪv] adj (grounds, forest, damage) → vasto/a, esteso/a; (knowledge, research) → approfondito/a; (inquiries, reforms, investments) → su vasta scala; (use) → largo/a; (alterations) → radicale
extensive farming → agricoltura estensiva


(ikˈstend) verb
1. to make longer or larger. He extended his vegetable garden.
2. to reach or stretch. The school grounds extend as far as this fence.
3. to hold out or stretch out (a limb etc). He extended his hand to her.
4. to offer. May I extend a welcome to you all?
exˈtension (-ʃən) noun
1. an added part. He built an extension to his house; a two-day extension to the holiday; He has telephone extensions (= telephones) in every bedroom.
2. (a program by which) part of a university located somewhere else offers courses to people who are not fulltime students.
3. the process of extending.
4. a telephone that operates on the same line as another. They have a phone in the living-room and an extension in the bedroom.
exˈtensive (-siv) adjective
large in area or amount. extensive plantations; He suffered extensive injuries in the accident.


مـُمْتَدّ rozsáhlý udstrakt weitläufig εκτεταμένος extenso laaja complet prostran ampio 広い 광대한 uitgebreid utstrakt obszerny extenso обширный omfattande กว้างขวาง geniş rộng rãi 广泛的


adj exhaustivo; — testing pruebas exhaustivas
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Directly on the shore of the lake, and nearer to its western than to its eastern margin, lay the extensive earthen ramparts and low buildings of William Henry.
The buffaloes were more frequent than I have seen cattle in the settlements, browzing on the leaves of the cane, or croping the herbage on those extensive plains, fearless, because ignorant, of the violence of man.
These possessions--for as such they might almost certainly be reckoned--comprised the greater part of what is now known as Waldo County, in the state of Maine, and were more extensive than many a dukedom, or even a reigning prince's territory, on European soil.
It came in as a sort of brief interlude and solo between more extensive performances.
In an extensive herd, so remarkable, occasionally, are these mystic gestures, that I have heard hunters who have declared them akin to Free-Mason signs and symbols; that the whale, indeed, by these methods intelligently conversed with the world.
This last affords the most extensive view, and it is one of the loveliest that can be imagined, too.
People who have extensive grounds themselves are always pleased with any thing in the same style.
Very soon, my--that is, Miss Eyre: and you'll remember, Jane, the first time I, or Rumour, plainly intimated to you that it was my intention to put my old bachelor's neck into the sacred noose, to enter into the holy estate of matrimony--to take Miss Ingram to my bosom, in short (she's an extensive armful: but that's not to the point--one can't have too much of such a very excellent thing as my beautiful Blanche): well, as I was saying--listen to me, Jane
It was famous, too, for the pillory, a wise old institution, that inflicted a punishment of which no one could foresee the extent; also, for the whipping-post, another dear old institution, very humanising and softening to behold in action; also, for extensive transactions in blood-money, another fragment of ancestral wisdom, systematically leading to the most frightful mercenary crimes that could be committed under Heaven.
I went in, and found there a stoutish, middle-aged person, in a brown surtout and black tights and shoes, with no more hair upon his head (which was a large one, and very shining) than there is upon an egg, and with a very extensive face, which he turned full upon me.
These extensive arrangements occasioned us to be cut off unceremoniously in respect of breakfast; "for I an't," said Mrs.
sets forth with his court to a gallant hunting-match in Sherwood Forest, in which, as is not unusual for princes in romance, he falls in with a deer of extraordinary size and swiftness, and pursues it closely, till he has outstripped his whole retinue, tired out hounds and horse, and finds himself alone under the gloom of an extensive forest, upon which night is descending.