expensive

[ ik-spen-siv ]
/ ɪkˈspɛn sɪv /

adjective

entailing great expense; very high-priced; costly: an expensive party.

Origin of expensive

First recorded in 1620–30; expense + -ive

SYNONYMS FOR expensive

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 FOR expensive

Related forms

ex·pen·sive·ly, adverbex·pen·sive·ness, nounqua·si-ex·pen·sive, adjectivequa·si-ex·pen·sive·ly, adverb

Can be confused

expansive expensive (see synonym study at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for expensiveness

expensive

/ (ɪkˈspɛnsɪv) /

adjective

high-priced; costly; dear

Derived Forms

expensively, adverbexpensiveness, noun
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