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1. Large in extent, range, or amount.
2. Of or relating to agricultural production that requires large areas of land but minimizes the input of labor or materials.

ex·ten′sive·ly adv.
ex·ten′sive·ness n.
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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
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(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.
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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.
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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"
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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
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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
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[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
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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
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[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
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(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.
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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
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adj exhaustivo; — testing pruebas exhaustivas
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Wharton made extensive stylistic, punctuation, and spelling changes and revisions between the serial and book publication, and more than thirty subsequent changes were made after the second impression of the book edition had been run off.
It cannot have escaped those who have attended with candor to the arguments employed against the extensive powers of the government, that the authors of them have very little considered how far these powers were necessary means of attaining a necessary end.
I assigned reasons why such links do not commonly occur at the present day, under the circumstances apparently most favourable for their presence, namely on an extensive and continuous area with graduated physical conditions.
She has also extensive commerce with Portugal, Spain, and Britain, and, with respect to the two latter, has, in addition, the circumstance of neighborhood to attend to.
The five, who elect each other, have very great and extensive powers; and these choose the hundred, who are magistrates of the highest rank: their power also continues longer than any other magistrates, for it commences before they come into office, and is prolonged after they are out of it; and in this particular the state inclines to an oligarchy: but as they are not elected by lot, but by suffrage, and are not permitted to take money, they are the greatest supporters imaginable of an aristocracy.
The popular system of administration inherent in the nature of popular government, coinciding with the real scarcity of money incident to a languid and mutilated state of trade, has hitherto defeated every experiment for extensive collections, and has at length taught the different legislatures the folly of attempting them.
It is not for us to blame any expectations on your father's side of your marrying to advantage; where possessions are so extensive as those of your family, the wish of increasing them, if not strictly reasonable, is too common to excite surprize or resentment.
This was the opportunity we desired, and Toby and I availed ourselves of it at once by stealing out of the canoe-house and plunging into the depths of an extensive grove that was in its rear.
Such agony, please, sir!' And here, Noah writhed and twisted his body into an extensive variety of eel-like positions; thereby giving Mr.
She saw the underground tunnel, reaching far underneath the Deadly Desert which separated the Land of Oz from the mountains beneath which the Nome King had his extensive caverns.
"Our library isn't very extensive," said Anne, "but every book in it is a FRIEND.
The tortoise--as the alderman of Bristol, well learned in eating, knows by much experience--besides the delicious calipash and calipee, contains many different kinds of food; nor can the learned reader be ignorant, that in human nature, though here collected under one general name, is such prodigious variety, that a cook will have sooner gone through all the several species of animal and vegetable food in the world, than an author will be able to exhaust so extensive a subject.

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