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 meansb : characterized by high prices expensive shops
Examples of expensive in a Sentence
The lights were expensive to install.
expensive clothing that only the truly wealthy can afford
Recent Examples of expensive from the Web
Customers would buy expensive policies that their businesses didn’t need but could write off.
The program is expensive and bureaucratic, requiring employers to pay for each workers’ transportation to the U.S. and lawyers’ fees.
If a woman was able to find an abortion provider, the abortion was likely to be expensive, unsterile, and sometimes even done with the patient blindfolded.
Company financial statements show that gaining and retaining buyers of its home-delivery service is getting harder and more expensive, the WSJ’s Eliot Brown reports, highlighting the tough economics behind many e-commerce startups.
The interior was welcoming, with a high-grade ambiance, reminding me of an expensive executive office.
And congrats to the Raiders, who are now starting with the high-rent problem of having to build around expensive young stars on second contracts.
For most women, maintaining a cute pregnancy is a joke: Not just because maternity wear is expensive, but every woman’s body reacts differently to pregnancy.
The wall isn’t being built, won’t be built, and was anyway never anything more than an expensive symbol.
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Definition of expensive for English Language Learners
: costing a lot of money
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