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SYNONYMS FOR expensive
OTHER WORDS FROM expensiveex·pen·sive·ly, adverbex·pen·sive·ness, nounqua·si-ex·pen·sive, adjectivequa·si-ex·pen·sive·ly, adverb
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH expensiveexpansive expensive (see synonym study at the current entry)
Words nearby expensive
What does expensive mean?
Expensive means something is high priced or costs a lot of money.
Expensive is most often applied to items with very high prices, such as luxury cars. But it can also be used to describe things whose price or cost is simply high compared to others.
Example: I like it, but it’s just too expensive. Do you have any lower-priced models?
Where does expensive come from?
The first records of expensive come from the 1620s. It is the adjective form of the older noun expense, which means “cost” or “something that needs to be paid for.” Expense derives from the Latin verb expendere, meaning “to expend” (“to pay out or spend”). The suffix -ive makes expensive an adjective.
Most often, things are described as expensive when they always have a high price, like mansions and designer dresses, or a high cost, like weddings. Of course, what one person considers expensive may be inexpensive to another person. It depends on how much a person is willing to spend and how much money they have. Sometimes, expensive means that the price or cost of something seems high compared to similar items. For example, $5 might not be a high price in general, but it would be considered pretty expensive for a single apple. Such a thing would often be called overpriced.
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What are some other forms related to expensive?
- expensively (adverb)
- expensiveness (noun)
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How is expensive used in real life?
Expensive is a relative term, usually depending on how much money someone has. But it is always used in relation to how much something costs.
The FDA recently approved 2 transformative new treatments for sickle-cell disease, the first in 20 years. But the drugs are wildly expensive, renewing troubling questions about access to cutting-edge medicines. https://t.co/9AqXjtj5Qz
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 8, 2019
I really want to get back into photography but camera equipment is way too expensive 😅
— 𝒮𝒶𝓇𝒶 (@SaraRenae15) March 6, 2020
i just bought lettuce for $3, isn’t that a little expensive for a ball of leaves
— sheryl (@sherylungerrrr) November 12, 2019
Try using expensive!
Which of the following things is most likely to be described as expensive?
B. generic shampoo
C. luxury car
D. half-price socks
Example sentences from the Web for expensive
We indulge in expensive cold-pressed juices and SoulCycle classes, justifying these purchases as investments in our health.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Expensive day care pushes women out of the labor market while men continue to work outside the home.
Community policing is expensive and, in an era of budget cuts, increasingly rare.
At 17 acres, it was the largest gambling house ever constructed, and at a cost of $1.2 billion, it was also the most expensive.I Watched a Casino Kill Itself: The Awful Last Nights of Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal|Olivia Nuzzi|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We knew it would be an expensive endeavor, and we still chose to make the investment.
He lived in princely style; was the possessor of numerous automobiles, coaches, and an expensive racing-stable.The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Burglar|Maurice Leblanc
Wà ku palita kay mahal man gud, I did not buy it because it was expensive.A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan|John U. Wolff
A horse and carriage had been tied to a hitching post and by contrast an expensive, new automobile was parked beside it.Hoofbeats on the Turnpike|Mildred A. Wirt
Harvard University, the most expensive college in America, costs about $46,000 a year.Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 1 (of 3)|Theodore Parker
The Sioux uprising of 1876 was expensive for the government.Last of the Great Scouts|Helen Cody Wetmore