expensive

  • 1 expensive — ex‧pen‧sive [ɪkˈspensɪv] adjective 1. costing a lot of money: • expensive computer equipment • Many manufacturers would find setting up their own High Street stores prohibitively expensive (= so expensive that they could not afford it ) . 2.… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 Expensive — Ex*pen sive, a. 1. Occasioning expense; calling for liberal outlay; costly; dear; liberal; as, expensive dress; an expensive house or family. [1913 Webster] War is expensive, and peace desirable. Burke. [1913 Webster] 2. Free in expending; very… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 expensive — index exorbitant, invaluable, priceless, prohibitive (costly), valuable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 expensive — 1620s, given to profuse expenditure, from EXPENSE (Cf. expense) + IVE (Cf. ive). Meaning costly is from 1630s. Earlier was expenseful (c.1600). Expenseless was in use mid 17c. 18c., but there seems nothing now to which it applies, and the… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 expensive — *costly, dear, valuable, precious, invaluable, priceless Analogous words: exorbitant, extravagant, *excessive, immoderate Antonyms: inexpensive …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 expensive — [adj] high priced an arm and a leg*, at a premium, big ticket*, costly, dear, excessive, exorbitant, extravagant, fancy, high, highway robbery*, holdup*, immoderate, inordinate, invaluable, lavish, out of sight*, overpriced, plush, posh, pretty… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 expensive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ costing a lot of money. DERIVATIVES expensively adverb expensiveness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 expensive — [ek spen′siv, ikspen′siv] adj. requiring or involving much expense; high priced; dear SYN. COSTLY expensively adv. expensiveness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 expensive — ex|pen|sive W2S1 [ıkˈspensıv] adj costing a lot of money ≠ ↑cheap ▪ the most expensive restaurant in town ▪ Petrol is becoming more and more expensive. ▪ Photography is an expensive hobby. expensive to buy/run/produce/maintain etc ▪ The house was …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 expensive — /Ik spensIv/ adjective 1 costing a lot of money: That s a very expensive camera. Is it insured? | the most expensive restaurant in town | expensive to produce/run/buy etc: Cadillacs are beautiful cars but expensive to run. | prohibitively… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 expensive — adj. VERBS ▪ be, look, prove, seem, sound ▪ Her suit looked extremely expensive. ▪ become, get …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 12 expensive — ex|pen|sive [ ık spensıv ] adjective *** 1. ) something that is expensive costs a lot of money: He always wears expensive clothes. It can be very expensive to train new personnel. expensive tastes (=liking things that cost a lot of money): young… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 expensive */*/*/ — UK [ɪkˈspensɪv] / US adjective 1) something that is expensive costs a lot of money He always wears expensive clothes. It can be very expensive to train new personnel. expensive tastes (= liking things that cost a lot of money): young people with… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 expensive — expensively, adv. expensiveness, n. /ik spen siv/, adj. entailing great expense; very high priced; costly: an expensive party. [1620 30; EXPENSE + IVE] Syn. EXPENSIVE, COSTLY, DEAR, HIGH PRICED apply to something that is high in price. EXPENSIVE… …

    Universalium

  • 15 expensive — adj. expensive to + inf. (it s more expensive to live in the city than in the country) * * * [ɪk spensɪv] expensive to + inf. (it s more expensive to live in the city than in the country) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 16 expensive — [[t]ɪkspe̱nsɪv[/t]] ♦♦ ADJ GRADED If something is expensive, it costs a lot of money. Wine s so expensive in this country... I get very nervous because I m using a lot of expensive equipment. Syn: costly Ant: cheap Derived words: expensively ADV… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 expensive*/*/*/ — [ɪkˈspensɪv] adj something that is expensive costs a lot of money Ant: inexpensive He always wears expensive clothes.[/ex] It can be very expensive to train new personnel.[/ex] expensively adv …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 18 expensive — adjective Date: circa 1610 1. involving high cost or sacrifice < an expensive hobby > 2. a. commanding a high price and especially one that is not based on intrinsic worth or is beyond a prospective buyer s means b. characterized by high prices < …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 expensive — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. costly, dear, high, exorbitant. See dearness. Ant., cheap. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. costly, high priced, dear, precious, valuable, invaluable, rare, prized, choice, rich, priceless, high, too… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 expensive — ex•pen•sive [[t]ɪkˈspɛn sɪv[/t]] adj. 1) entailing great expense: an expensive party[/ex] 2) sold for a high price: expensive clothes[/ex] • Etymology: 1620–30 ex•pen′sive•ly, adv. ex•pen′sive•ness, n …

    From formal English to slang