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com·pre·hen·sive

comprehensive

 
 
pronunciation:
kam pr hen sihv
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
features:
Word Combinations (adjective, noun), Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: wide or all-inclusive in range or scope.
The team carried out a comprehensive study of the diet and nutrition of children in the whole region.The exam will be comprehensive, so you'll need to study the material from the beginning of the semester.Your medical insurance is quite comprehensive; it seems to cover everything.
 
synonyms:
global, inclusive, sweeping, wide
antonyms:
exclusive, limited, superficial
similar words:
blanket, broad, catholic, complete, exhaustive, extensive, full, grand, long, spacious, thorough, umbrella, universal
definition 2: of an examination, covering an entire field or program of study and qualifying one for a particular degree or rank.
She has to pass a comprehensive exam as part of her doctoral program.
similar words:
final
Word Combinations  About this feature
adverb + (adj.)comprehensive fairly, more, most
(adj.)comprehensive + noun agenda, agreement, analysis, approach, array, audit, ban, benefit, bibliography, cancer, care, collection, compensation, counseling, coverage, curriculum, data, database, definition, description, development, directory, doctrine, education, evaluation, exam, examination, exhibition, framework, guidance, guide, guideline, health, health-care, identification, immigration, initiative, insurance, intervention, inventory, knowledge, legislation, list, listing, literature, management, manual, measure, model, monitoring, musicianship, overview, package, peace, permit, perspective, plan, planning, prevention, proposal, recycling, reform, regulation, rehabilitation, response, review, scheme, scope, service, set, settlement, sex, solution, statute, strategy, study, survey, test, testing, treatment, treaty, understanding, vision [See all][See only the most frequent]
 
part of speech: noun
definition: (often pl.) an examination covering an entire field or a whole academic year of study.
He's studying hard for his comprehensives.
synonyms:
comp, final
Word Combinations  About this feature
verb + (n.)comprehensive create, develop, help, need, prepare, read, seem
noun + (n.)comprehensive Help assessment, component, policy, program, site, term, unit, word
derivations: comprehensively (adv.), comprehensiveness (n.)
Word Parts  About this feature
The word comprehensive contains the following part:
pris, -prise, prehens, -prehend Latin root that means take, grasp