expensive

adjective
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

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Other Words from expensive

expensively adverb
expensiveness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for expensive

Synonyms

big-ticket, costly, dear, extravagant, high, high-end, high-ticket, precious, premium, priceless, pricey (also pricy), spendy [chiefly Northwest], ultraexpensive, valuable

Antonyms

cheap, inexpensive

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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

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The challenge is that these elements are not often concentrated in ore deposits, which makes them expensive and unreliable as an extractable resource for domestic use or export. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "We've Found a New Source for Rare-Earth Elements We Need for Green Tech," 7 Mar. 2019 Her team said the doll would be too expensive to make and sell—Handler wanted zippers, darts, real hems, polish, and lipstick. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "There’s Something About Barbie," 7 Mar. 2019 Those who buy into RTX are going to be left with expensive GPUs and nothing to do. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Why you should or shouldn't buy a GeForce RTX laptop," 6 Mar. 2019 While the most powerful and expensive lidar units are intended for use on fully autonomous vehicles, some lidar makers are also developing cheaper units specifically designed for ADAS applications. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "The hype around driverless cars came crashing down in 2018," 30 Dec. 2018 Shutting down rogue Stingrays is an expensive proposition that would require wireless network upgrades the industry has been loath to pay for, security experts say. Fox News, "Homeland Security finds suspected phone surveillance devices in Washington," 2 Oct. 2018 Lawmakers would then have to figure out how to pay for the program, which could be prohibitively expensive. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Should the Legislature bring universal health care to Washington?," 19 Feb. 2019 Unfortunately, high-quality clothing and other textiles made from organic fibers are often more expensive than those made with conventional materials. Erin Quinn-kong, Woman's Day, "Are Your Fast-Fashion Clothes Killing Farmers?," 14 Feb. 2019 For banks, transporting money from their vaults to ATMs and branches, sending and storing paper checks, and employing tellers to handle deposits and withdrawals is even more expensive. Town & Country, "Is This the End of Cash?," 28 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of expensive

circa 1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of expensive

: costing a lot of money

expensive

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

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