- expensive [ek spen′siv, ikspen′siv]adj.requiring or involving much expense; high-priced; dearSYN.- COSTLYexpensivelyadv.expensivenessn.
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expensive — ex‧pen‧sive [ɪkˈspensɪv] adjective 1. costing a lot of money: • expensive computer equipment • Many manufacturers would find setting up their own High Street stores prohibitively expensive (= so expensive that they could not afford it ) . 2.… … Financial and business terms
Expensive — Ex*pen sive, a. 1. Occasioning expense; calling for liberal outlay; costly; dear; liberal; as, expensive dress; an expensive house or family. [1913 Webster] War is expensive, and peace desirable. Burke. [1913 Webster] 2. Free in expending; very… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
expensive — index exorbitant, invaluable, priceless, prohibitive (costly), valuable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
expensive — 1620s, given to profuse expenditure, from EXPENSE (Cf. expense) + IVE (Cf. ive). Meaning costly is from 1630s. Earlier was expenseful (c.1600). Expenseless was in use mid 17c. 18c., but there seems nothing now to which it applies, and the… … Etymology dictionary
expensive — *costly, dear, valuable, precious, invaluable, priceless Analogous words: exorbitant, extravagant, *excessive, immoderate Antonyms: inexpensive … New Dictionary of Synonyms
expensive — [adj] high priced an arm and a leg*, at a premium, big ticket*, costly, dear, excessive, exorbitant, extravagant, fancy, high, highway robbery*, holdup*, immoderate, inordinate, invaluable, lavish, out of sight*, overpriced, plush, posh, pretty… … New thesaurus
expensive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ costing a lot of money. DERIVATIVES expensively adverb expensiveness noun … English terms dictionary
expensive — ex|pen|sive W2S1 [ıkˈspensıv] adj costing a lot of money ≠ ↑cheap ▪ the most expensive restaurant in town ▪ Petrol is becoming more and more expensive. ▪ Photography is an expensive hobby. expensive to buy/run/produce/maintain etc ▪ The house was … Dictionary of contemporary English
expensive — /Ik spensIv/ adjective 1 costing a lot of money: That s a very expensive camera. Is it insured? | the most expensive restaurant in town | expensive to produce/run/buy etc: Cadillacs are beautiful cars but expensive to run. | prohibitively… … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
expensive — adj. VERBS ▪ be, look, prove, seem, sound ▪ Her suit looked extremely expensive. ▪ become, get … Collocations dictionary