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costly

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adjective cost·ly \ˈkȯs(t)-lē\

Simple Definition of costly

  • : having a high price : costing a lot

  • : causing people to lose something or to suffer

Full Definition of costly

cost·li·ercost·li·est

  1. 1 a :  commanding a high price especially because of intrinsic worth <costly gems> b :  rich, splendid

  2. 2 :  made or done at heavy expense or sacrifice <a costly mistake>

cost·li·ness noun

Examples of costly

  1. We use less costly materials in our products.

  2. It was too costly to fix her car after the accident, so she decided to buy a new car instead.

  3. They won the game, but their best player was injured, so it was a costly victory.

  4. The decision to wait could be a costly mistake.



14th Century

First Known Use of costly

14th century

Rhymes with costly



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