Definition of expansive in English:



  • 1Covering a wide area in terms of space or scope; extensive or wide-ranging.

    ‘deep, expansive canyons’
    • ‘The going wasn't easy, as they fought their way out of a thick bramble forest the first day, and, during the second day, found themselves entering a wide, expansive plain.’
    • ‘It continues to thrive as an expansive gallery space where, in a relatively short period of time, you can view works from more than 60 artists.’
    • ‘The Black Rock Desert is a place of sublime expansive space.’
    • ‘Pendant lamps and a simplified pattern of coffers lend definition to the dining area, while in the more expansive family room area, the ceiling rises to a peak.’
    • ‘This is a little village, a farm, a pub, a few old sandstone houses and an expansive sea view wide enough to show the curve of the earth.’
    • ‘So, when I pull into the parking lot and see the expansive empty area in front, it almost appears as if the store is closed.’
    • ‘To provide sufficient privacy while still getting the expansive outdoor living spaces he and his family wanted, he'd have to come up with some clever maneuvers.’
    • ‘Notice the wider decorative elements which function as an expansive area for the picture.’
    • ‘Along with five cinemas, the largest of which can seat 250 customers, there will also be a coffee shop and seating area in the expansive lobby.’
    • ‘Yet much of the current discussion uses the term in a more expansive way to mean just about any comprehensive worldview.’
    • ‘Unlike the destruction caused by an earthquake, which may affect several buildings across an expansive area, this disaster involved many buildings and a massive debris pile in a small, confined area.’
    • ‘This expansive yard and storage area will be a focal point for the festival.’
    • ‘When you have a substantial home surrounded by a small yard, it can be difficult to create the illusion of having an expansive garden and inviting spaces for outdoor living.’
    • ‘He is proving to be a capable fielder - even in the expansive area of his home park.’
    • ‘This thankfully flat area of expansive squares and elegant, grid-patterned streets is Lisbon's main shopping precinct.’
    • ‘This day's lunch was prepared and offered within the expansive area of the teaching kitchens, a change from the previous evening.’
    • ‘The buffet runs Sunday to Friday and is held in the large expansive dining area that runs off the hotel's foyer area.’
    • ‘As a farmer, he proved canny in cattle dealing and land purchase with the result that his holding is now one of the most expansive in the area.’
    • ‘Business travellers will appreciate the expansive meeting space and a business centre which offers secretarial support and translations.’
    • ‘The results of this review are sufficiently encouraging to warrant further and more expansive studies in this area of considerable public health importance.’
    extensive, sweeping, rolling
    wide-ranging, extensive, broad, wide, all-embracing, comprehensive, thorough, inclusive, cross-disciplinary, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary
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  • 2(of a person or their manner) open, demonstrative, and communicative.

    ‘she felt expansive and inclined to talk’
    • ‘We start low and slow but ultimately we should always find a very ecstatic and expansive manner in which to proclaim our peace.’
    • ‘It's not that they were perfect, but they were expansive, engaged and disciplined.’
    • ‘At fourteen, Patrick had an expansive personality, one built to collide with rectory decorum.’
    • ‘He never went further than that to his family, though it's possible that he was more expansive as an evening wore on at the Navy Club among old comrades.’
    • ‘His father was an outgoing, large and expansive man while his mother was a polite, passive person who Tom describes as a pushover.’
    • ‘The women were more expansive when offered the chance to suggest the kinds of services they would like to see offered in the community.’
    • ‘I'm a talker and an expansive extrovert, yet in my poetry, particularly my lyrical poetry, I like to have things as distilled as possible.’
    • ‘They provide a perfect context for the aestheticized sophisticate, validating his expansive personality and style.’
    • ‘Although it would probably work, while inebriated Chris tended to have a massively expansive personality, and he exaggerated an awful lot.’
    • ‘He was expansive and funny and didn't ask questions.’
    • ‘The reason it worked as a film - even if it didn't do any business - is that the characters were always expansive.’
    • ‘People are really expansive and ready to be up there and give of themselves you know, and be at their best.’
    • ‘The officers seem to have been chosen for this task by sheer force of their outgoing, expansive personalities.’
    • ‘It may just be that you're expansive and not good at playing games or hiding your feelings.’
    • ‘A colossus - in girth at least - he felt he could engulf the United States in his expansive personality.’
    • ‘Something about it fills us with such joy that we are able to let go of our every day petty grievances and be the full and expansive people we are.’
    • ‘She is a very charismatic actor so it doesn't take all that much to establish her as a beloved, expansive grandmother, endlessly giving and loyal.’
    communicative, forthcoming, sociable, friendly, outgoing, unreserved, uninhibited, open, affable, amiable, genial, chatty, talkative, conversational, garrulous, loquacious, voluble, effusive, demonstrative, extrovert, extroverted
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  • 3Tending toward economic or political expansion.

    ‘expansive domestic economic policies’
    • ‘This is the most expansive of the regional political models.’
    • ‘But although torpedo boats might defend the capital, they were of no account in an expansive foreign policy; it was battleships and bases which were needed.’
    • ‘As an economic system, capitalism is expansive: there is a never-ending search for new markets and more profit.’
    • ‘One expense is budgetary, the price of an expansive foreign policy.’
    • ‘Overly expansive government policies would raise inflation and cause a balance-of-payments deficit, which put downward pressure on the pound.’
    • ‘In a commencement speech at military school, the president announced an expansive new policy of pre-emptive military action.’
    • ‘Hours after getting the Nobel news on October 10, he spoke to reporters about his expansive approach to economics.’
    • ‘After all, has any empire ever managed to be both expansive and politically correct?’
    • ‘The finance ministers had managed to limit the impact of fiscal retrenchment somewhat by an expansive monetary policy.’
    • ‘His ambitious Great Society symbolized the expansive policies of liberalism.’
    • ‘And when there are people looking for work and they can't find a job, it means we're going to continue to try to put pro-growth, expansive policies in place.’
    • ‘But underlying that narrowly expansive go-it-alone foreign policy are the Republican wars here at home.’
    • ‘A vibrant and expansive economy produces jobs and innovations.’
    • ‘However, if negative surprises act as negative shocks, expansive monetary policy is likely to lead to inflation.’
    • ‘In 1856 the financial climate was favorable to a more expansive policy towards company formation.’
    • ‘What if at any moment either of them had advocated an expansive view of sexual politics?’