1. adjective [ADJ n]
If something is expansive, it covers or includes a large area or many things. [formal] ⇒ ...an expansive grassy play area. ⇒ They have played an expansive style of rugby.
2. graded adjective & adjective If you are expansive, you talk a lot, or are friendly or generous, because you are feeling happy and relaxed. ⇒ He was becoming more expansive as he relaxed. ⇒ The premier was in expansive mood. expansively
graded adverb & adverb [usu ADV with v] ⇒ 'I'm here to make them feel good,' he says expansively. 3. graded adjective & adjective [usu ADJ n] If you describe something such as a period of time or an economy as expansive, you mean that it is associated with growth or expansion. ⇒ An active and expansive market economy is a necessary condition for progress.
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