Meaning of COMPREHENSIVE in English


I. com ‧ pre ‧ hen ‧ sive W3 AC /ˌkɒmprɪˈhensɪv◂ $ ˌkɑːm-/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ comprehensiveness ; adverb : ↑ comprehensively ; adjective : ↑ comprehensive ]

1 . including all the necessary facts, details, or problems that need to be dealt with SYN thorough :

We offer our customers a comprehensive range of financial products.

a comprehensive guide to British hotels and restaurants

The following guidelines do not aim to be totally comprehensive.

comprehensive review/study/survey/account etc

a thorough and comprehensive review of the case

a comprehensive study of alcoholism

► Do not confuse with comprehensible (=able to be understood) or understanding (=sympathetic about people’s problems) : His report was barely comprehensible. | My parents are very understanding.

2 . comprehensive insurance/cover/policy motor insurance that pays for damage whether it is caused by you or someone else

3 . comprehensive education/system a system of education in Britain in which children of different abilities go to the same school and are taught together

—comprehensively adverb :

No system has failed as comprehensively as the prison system.

—comprehensiveness noun [uncountable]

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■ comprehensive + NOUN

▪ a comprehensive range of something

The town has a comprehensive range of sporting facilities.

▪ a comprehensive study/survey/assessment

The report includes a comprehensive study of the company’s training needs.

▪ a comprehensive account/report

He wrote a fairly comprehensive account of the islands at that time.

▪ a comprehensive guide

You’ll need to have a comprehensive guide to university courses.

▪ a comprehensive list

Here is a comprehensive list of the good hotels in the area.

▪ a comprehensive service

Our professional staff provide a comprehensive service.

▪ a comprehensive programme

Your holiday will include a comprehensive programme of sightseeing trips.

▪ a comprehensive approach

He promised a comprehensive approach to health care reform.

▪ a comprehensive picture

The police still do not have a comprehensive picture of what happened.

▪ comprehensive information

The information we have is fairly comprehensive.

■ adverbs

▪ fully comprehensive

The report does not claim to be fully comprehensive.

▪ fairly/reasonably comprehensive

The available data on world population is reasonably comprehensive.

▪ extremely comprehensive

The instruction manual is extremely comprehensive.

II. ˌcompreˈhensive ˌschool BrE AmE ( also comprehensive ) noun [countable]

a state school in Britain for children over the age of 11 of different abilities:

Kylie goes to the local comprehensive.

Nine out of ten secondary school children are in comprehensive schools.

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