: 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
- The lights were expensive to install.
- <expensive clothing that only the truly wealthy can afford>
First Known Use of EXPENSIVE
Related to EXPENSIVE
- big-ticket, dear, costly, extravagant, high, high-end, high-ticket, precious, premium, priceless, pricey (also pricy), spendy [chiefly Northwest], ultraexpensive, valuable
- cheap, inexpensive
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