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expensive Syllabification: ex·pen·sive
Pronunciation: /ikˈspensiv/

Definition of expensive in English:


Costing a lot of money: keeping a horse is expensive an expensive bottle of wine
More example sentences
  • The bargains will prove to be very expensive if you have to pay interest on the money you spent.
  • Prices of the more expensive properties have stopped going up and some are on their way down.
  • These courses are very expensive, due to the variety of resources needed to run them.
costly, high-priced, dear;
overpriced, exorbitant, extortionate
informal steep, pricey, spendy, costing an arm and a leg, big-ticket, costing the earth


Pronunciation: /ikˈspensivnəs/
Example sentences
  • The expensiveness indicates to me simply that this object probably won't actually be used for the purpose it was made.
  • My husband believed that quality wasn't always represented by expensiveness.
  • There are definitely moments when you hate it (noise, pollution, the busy-ness, the expensiveness of everything, and other stressors), but when you leave New York, you can't wait to get back.


Early 17th century (in the sense 'lavish, extravagant'): from Latin expens- 'paid out', from the verb expendere (see expend), + -ive.

Words that rhyme with expensive

apprehensive, coextensive, comprehensive, defensive, extensive, intensive, offensive, ostensive, pensive, suspensive
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