ex·​pen·​sive | \ ik-ˈspen(t)-siv How to pronounce expensive (audio) \

Definition of expensive

1 : involving high cost or sacrifice an expensive hobby
2a : 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

Other Words from expensive

expensively adverb
expensiveness noun

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Examples of expensive in a Sentence

The lights were expensive to install. expensive clothing that only the truly wealthy can afford
Recent Examples on the Web Regulators have long accepted the airlines’ argument that fares will be more expensive if the carriers can never oversell flights, so the practice isn’t going away. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, 29 July 2022 That's a good bit more expensive than the previous Mercedes-AMG GT coupe and roadster, which were phased out after the 2021 model year and started at $119,650 for the hardtop and $131,750 for the droptop. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 29 July 2022 When loans are more expensive, there's less demand. Alicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 27 July 2022 Fares closer to Christmas are a little more expensive. Zach Wichter, USA TODAY, 26 July 2022 For instance, a new Galaxy Z Fold 4 price leak tells us the new foldable flagship might be slightly more expensive than last year’s. Chris Smith, BGR, 25 July 2022 Designing past this minimum can be much more expensive, but right now most standards for climate risks are still based on historical data from past climate conditions that appear increasingly obsolete. Mikhail Chester, Scientific American, 22 July 2022 King sizes are always more expensive than twin duvets. Shivani Vyas, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 July 2022 If its mostly sick people, the premiums are more expensive. Adam Beam, ajc, 19 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of expensive

circa 1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of expensive was circa 1610

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“Expensive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expensive. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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