Definition of extensive in English:



  • 1Covering or affecting a large area.

    ‘an extensive garden’
    • ‘This extensive over-development would affect the lives of everyone living in Fulford.’
    • ‘It is located within a cluster of houses and has a side entrance and an extensive rear garden.’
    • ‘The phone was not recovered despite extensive searches of the area by teams of officers over the weekend.’
    • ‘Up at the top, the path widens out to reveal a large country house set in extensive gardens.’
    • ‘All this plus extensive hilltop gardens with cross-London views, and it's all free.’
    • ‘Now visitors can wander through the house and the extensive gardens landscaped by the poet.’
    • ‘Outside, the delightful wooded gardens have extensive river frontage and a sunny aspect.’
    • ‘After a walk round the extensive gardens and lake, the group adjourned to Lullingstone for lunch.’
    • ‘Our officers carried out an extensive search of the area this morning but he has not been seen again.’
    • ‘The second bedroom features a door to the garden and extensive built-in wardrobes.’
    • ‘This is a fantastic walk on a broad ridge giving extensive views of the surrounding area and all above 2,000 feet.’
    • ‘They carried out an extensive search of the area but nothing was found.’
    • ‘This can hardly be called extensive given the area that New Malden covers.’
    • ‘Today it belongs to the Rockefeller Foundation, but the extensive gardens are open to small guided tours.’
    • ‘We wandered the extensive gardens of the home together and came to a steep grassy bank.’
    • ‘The garden, quite extensive at that, had sported an abandoned look for a long time.’
    • ‘Similarly, local hopes voiced in the consultation for extensive green areas are set to be disappointed.’
    • ‘The house and its gardens are set in extensive park land and a first impression is that of a comfortable stately home.’
    • ‘Outside, the extensive landscaped gardens are a defining feature of the property.’
    • ‘This, coupled with its extensive gardens, should be of interest to growing families.’
    large, large-scale, sizeable, substantial, considerable, ample, great, huge, vast, immense, boundless, immeasurable
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    1. 1.1Large in amount or scale.
      ‘an extensive collection of silver’
      • ‘The Marine Institute has just completed an extensive refurbishment at its facilities.’
      • ‘There's nowhere else in the world you could see such an extensive and amazing collection of modern art.’
      • ‘McClements also boasts an extensive wine list to complement the imaginative menus.’
      • ‘The public toilets will also be given an extensive facelift and the whole site resurfaced with bay markings.’
      • ‘Such an extensive collection surely implies an element of forethought.’
      • ‘He became President under a revised Constitution which gave him extensive powers.’
      • ‘After a look at his extensive collection of trophies, it is easier to understand the decision.’
      • ‘Windy Hill Park on the estate is also set to be revamped with a new play area and extensive tidying in the coming months.’
      • ‘The Ombudsman can look into all aspects of administration, and has extensive powers in law.’
      • ‘Kumaratunga is increasingly relying on her extensive executive powers as president.’
      • ‘Barker and Adair are thrilled by her snappish, difficult behaviour and her extensive shoe collection.’
      • ‘I have a fairly extensive amount of work done on the subject, and a number of links that are worth following.’
      • ‘After many years of extensive research into this area I have also reached the same conclusion.’
      • ‘Rosie has also had extensive involvement with the Catholic Church and school activities.’
      • ‘Homes which will be affected by the extensive work will be contacted directly by Yorkshire Water.’
      • ‘If at first you don't succeed then institute an extensive and wideranging review of your systems and processes.’
      • ‘The Action Group then undertook an extensive survey which was completed in five days.’
      • ‘The Barron Hall, a listed building is an asset to the area which needs extensive repairs.’
      • ‘With such extensive legal power already in the hands of the government, why do we need to make things worse?’
      • ‘Your Honour will realise there is an extensive amount of material on there.’
      comprehensive, thorough, complete, exhaustive, profound, boundless
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  • 2(of agriculture) obtaining a relatively small crop from a large area with a minimum of attention and expense.

    ‘extensive farming techniques’
    Often contrasted with intensive
    • ‘Secondly, at the time of the Mayans there was no extensive agriculture in Venezuela.’
    • ‘The REPS scheme should be ideally suited to the more extensive type of farming in island areas.’
    • ‘Will the drive for more extensive systems in farming lead to greater problems?’
    • ‘One of the strengths of our agriculture is that we're extensive.’
    • ‘Viticulture is most extensive in the Rhine and Mosel valleys in west Germany and is an important export industry.’


Late Middle English: from French extensif, -ive or late Latin extensivus, from extens- stretched out from the verb extendere (see extend).