costly

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adjective cost·ly \ˈkȯs(t)-lē\

Definition of costly

costlier

costliest

  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>

costliness

noun

Examples of costly in a sentence

  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


COSTLY Defined for English Language Learners

costly

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adjective cost·ly \ˈkȯs(t)-lē\

Definition of costly for English Language Learners

  • : having a high price : costing a lot

  • : causing people to lose something or to suffer


COSTLY Defined for Kids

costly

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adjective cost·ly \ˈkȯst-lē\

Definition of costly for Students

costlier

costliest

  1. 1 :  having a high price or value :  expensive

  2. 2 :  causing loss or suffering <a costly mistake>



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