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expensive

[ik-spen-siv] /ɪkˈspɛn sɪv/
adjective
1.
entailing great expense; very high-priced; costly:
an expensive party.
Origin of expensive
1620-1630
1620-30; expense + -ive
Related forms
expensively, adverb
expensiveness, noun
quasi-expensive, adjective
quasi-expensively, adverb
Can be confused
expansive, expensive (see synonym study at the current entry)
Synonyms
Expensive, costly, dear, high-priced apply to something that is high in price. Expensive is applied to whatever entails considerable expense; it suggests a price more than the average person would normally be able to pay or a price paid only for something special: an expensive automobile. Costly implies that the price is a large sum, usually because of the fineness, preciousness, etc., of the object: a costly jewel. Dear is commonly applied in England to something that is selling beyond its usual or just price. In the U.S., high-priced is the usual equivalent.
Antonyms
cheap, low-priced.
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  • He is superbly dressed in a fur coat and an expensive cigar.

    Happy Days Alan Alexander Milne
  • expensive pests, these crabs; for they bore into the levees, and ruin them.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • There's a fine vein of quartz to develop, expensive machinery to install.

    North of Fifty-Three Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • But in the end it was the most expensive wine it has ever been our misfortune to invest in.

    Nights Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • Her palace at The Hague is pretty, but simple, while she finds the one in Amsterdam too large and too expensive for common use.

    Ways of War and Peace Delia Austrian
British Dictionary definitions for expensive

expensive

/ɪkˈspɛnsɪv/
adjective
1.
high-priced; costly; dear
Derived Forms
expensively, adverb
expensiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for expensive
adj.

1620s, "given to profuse expenditure," from expense (n.) + -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 dictionaries label it "obsolete."

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