Definition of comprehensive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌkɒmprɪˈhensɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːmprɪˈhensɪv//
    Types of school
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  1. 1including all, or almost all, the items, details, facts, information, etc., that may be concerned synonym complete, full a comprehensive list of addresses a comprehensive study comprehensive insurance (= covering all risks)
  2. 2(British English) (of education) designed for students of all abilities in the same school See related entries: Types of school
  3. 3(of a victory or defeat) gained or lost by a large amount The cricket team finished the season with a comprehensive victory over their rivals.
  4. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from French compréhensif, -ive, from late Latin comprehensivus, from the verb comprehendere ‘grasp mentally’.Extra examples The list is fairly comprehensive. fully comprehensive insurance You are advised to take out comprehensive insurance.

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