Definition of expensive in English:

expensive

Line breaks: ex¦pen|sive
Pronunciation: /ɪkˈspɛnsɪv
 
, ɛk-/

adjective

Derivatives

expensively

adverb
More example sentences
  • It looks like a very expensively filmed record of the theatre production on a giant sound stage, rather than a living, breathing film on its own account.
  • Is it really sensible use of public resources to have expensively trained police officers doing brain-dead work like nabbing speedsters?
  • It is beyond the reach of any vicar I know - beautifully and expensively decorated and furnished with a vast flat-screen television in the living room.

expensiveness

noun
More 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.

Origin

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

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