Advertisement - Continue reading below

Definition of "expansive" []

  • Capable of expanding or tending to expand. (adjective)
  • Broad in size or extent; comprehensive: expansive police powers. (adjective)
  • Open and communicative; talkative or effusive: Wine made the guest expansive. (adjective)
  • Grand in scale: an expansive lifestyle. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "expansive" in a sentence
  • "The word expansive has appeared in 606 New York Times articles in the past year, including on Nov. 2 in "Citi Field Fits In With History of Ballpark Changes," by Andrew Keh:"
  • "Learn more about the word "expansive" and see usage examples across a range of subjects on the dictionary."
  • "In Westminster to settle some business before I leave for France, I come across Clegg in expansive mood."