What does expensive mean?

Definitions for expensiveɪkˈspɛn sɪv

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word expensive.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. expensive(adj)

    high in price or charging high prices

    "expensive clothes"; "an expensive shop"


  1. expensive(Adjective)

    having a high price or cost

  2. expensive(Adjective)

    taking a lot of system time or resources

    an unnecessarily expensive choice of algorithm

  3. Origin: From expensivus, from expendere, compare expense

Webster Dictionary

  1. Expensive(adj)

    occasioning expense; calling for liberal outlay; costly; dear; liberal; as, expensive dress; an expensive house or family

  2. Expensive(adj)

    free in expending; very liberal; especially, in a bad scene; extravagant; lavish

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'expensive' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1932

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'expensive' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1076

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'expensive' in Adjectives Frequency: #230


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of expensive in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of expensive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Will Rogers:

    Politics has got so expensive that it takes lots of money to even get beat with.

  2. Brad Lamensdorf:

    Just because a stock looks expensive doesn't make it a great short. It's way too expensive to borrow.

  3. Greg Sullivan:

    It’s so much more expensive than regular onshore turbines. It’s far more expensive than regular electricity.

  4. Phillip Finnegan:

    From a cost perspective, it is important to figure out how to do this in a low cost way. If you start using expensive munitions, it is prohibitively expensive.

  5. Liam Dalton:

    While there is concern, and it has become in vogue to say that stocks are expensive, it is hard to say what they're expensive relative to, cash remains abundant and interest rates are low, and we should generally go up in an environment like that.

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