adjective \ik-ˈspen(t)-siv\

: costing a lot of money

Full Definition of EXPENSIVE

:  involving high cost or sacrifice <an expensive hobby>
a :  commanding a high price and especially one that is not based on intrinsic worth or is beyond a prospective buyer's means
b :  characterized by high prices <expensive shops>
ex·pen·sive·ly adverb
ex·pen·sive·ness noun

Examples of EXPENSIVE

  1. The lights were expensive to install.
  2. <expensive clothing that only the truly wealthy can afford>

First Known Use of EXPENSIVE

circa 1610

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Rhymes with EXPENSIVE


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