V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. covering a large area; 2. having a broad impact; 3. large in quantity or scope

Synonyms: widespread, far-reaching, expansive, spacious, broad, vast, copious, comprehensive, thorough, profound, sweeping

Antonyms: narrow, limited, restricted

Tips: Extensive is a great word to describe a person's broad knowledge, experience, or collection of things (see usage examples). Extensive always refers to something "broad" and "sweeping." The related noun extent (amount, area, or length) is usually placed in a question. For example, "What was the extent of the damage?"--in other words, "how extensive (broad, far-reaching) was the damage?"

Usage Examples:

I have an extensive collection of books in my library. (expansive, comprehensive)

I trust her opinion of new recording artists because of her extensive knowledge across all musical genres. (far-reaching, copious, thorough)

We made extensive improvements to our home over the course of the year. (vast, sweeping)

I've traveled extensively, so friends often ask for my help in planning trips. (broadly, vastly, to a great extent) adverb

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