Definition of costly
- a costly mistake
We use less costly materials in our products.
It was too costly to fix her car after the accident, so she decided to buy a new car instead.
They won the game, but their best player was injured, so it was a costly victory.
The decision to wait could be a costly mistake.
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: having a high price : costing a lot
: causing people to lose something or to suffer
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