Definition of expensive in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪkˈspɛnsɪv/
Pronunciation: /ɛkˈspɛnsɪv/


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, dear, high-priced, high-cost, big-budget, exorbitant, extortionate, overpriced;
immoderate, extravagant, lavish;
valuable, precious, priceless, worth its weight in gold, worth a king's ransom;
British  over the odds
informal steep, pricey, sky-high, costing an arm and a leg, costing the earth, costing a bomb, daylight robbery



Pronunciation: /ɪkˈspɛnsɪvnəs/
Pronunciation: /ɛkˈspɛnsɪvnəs/
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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