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>
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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EXPENSIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of expensive for English Language Learners
: costing a lot of money
EXPENSIVE Defined for Kids
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