expensive

adjective ex·pen·sive \ ik-ˈspen(t)-siv \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of expensive

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

expensively

adverb

expensiveness

noun

Examples of expensive in a Sentence

  1. The lights were expensive to install.

  2. expensive clothing that only the truly wealthy can afford

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First Known Use of expensive

circa 1610


EXPENSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

expensive

adjective

Definition of expensive for English Language Learners

  • : costing a lot of money


EXPENSIVE Defined for Kids

expensive

adjective ex·pen·sive \ ik-ˈspen-siv \

Definition of expensive for Students

: costly 1


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