Definitions for expensiveɪkˈspɛn sɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ex•pen•siveɪkˈspɛn sɪv(adj.)

  1. entailing great expense:

    an expensive party.

  2. sold for a high price:

    expensive clothes.

Origin of expensive:



Princeton's WordNet

  1. expensive(adj)

    high in price or charging high prices

    "expensive clothes"; "an expensive shop"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. expensive(adjective)ɪkˈspɛn sɪv

    ≠ inexpensive, cheap

    an expensive car; The renovations were expensive.; living expensively


  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

Translations for expensive

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


costing a great deal

expensive clothes.

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