- 1 covering a large amount of space She opened her arms wide in an expansive gesture of welcome. landscape with expansive skies He waved an expansive arm (= in an expansive movement).
- 2covering a large subject area, rather than trying to be exact and use few words We need to look at a more expansive definition of the term. The piece is written in his usual expansive style.
- 3friendly and willing to talk a lot She was clearly relaxed and in an expansive mood.
- 4(especially of a period of time) encouraging economic expansion In the expansive 1990s bright graduates could advance rapidly.
adjectivejump to other results
expansivelyjump to other results
adverb He waved his arms expansively.
expansivenessjump to other results