Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “exhaustive”

exhaustive

adjective uk   /ɪɡˈzɔː.stɪv/ us    /-ˈzɑː-/
C1 complete and including everything: an exhaustive study/reportComplete and wholeVery and extreme
exhaustively
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
The survey was exhaustively documented.Complete and wholeVery and extreme
(Definition of exhaustive from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of exhaustive?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Complete and whole, but you might be interested in these topics from the Full and empty topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “exhaustive” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

flair

natural ability to do something well

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More