costly

adjective cost·ly \ ˈkȯs(t)-lē \
|Updated on: 5 Aug 2018

Definition of costly

costlier; costliest
1 a : commanding a high price especially because of intrinsic worth
  • costly gems
b : rich, splendid
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.

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First Known Use of costly

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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COSTLY Defined for English Language Learners

costly

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

adjective cost·ly \ ˈkȯst-lē \

Definition of costly for Students

costlier; costliest
1 : having a high price or value : expensive
2 : causing loss or suffering
  • a costly mistake


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