Definition of expensive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪkˈspensɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspensɪv//
Cost and payment
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costing a lot of money an expensive car/restaurant/holiday Art books are expensive to produce. I can't afford it, it's too expensive. Making the wrong decision could prove expensive. That dress was an expensive mistake. Synonymsexpensivecostly overpriced pricey dearThese words all describe something that costs a lot of money.expensive costing a lot of money; charging high prices:I can’t afford it—it’s just too expensive for me. an expensive restaurantcostly (rather formal) costing a lot of money, especially more than you want to pay:You want to avoid costly legal proceedings if you can.overpriced too expensive; costing more than it is worth:ridiculously overpriced designer clothespricey (informal) expensive:Houses in the village are now too pricey for local people to afford.dear [not usually before noun] (British English) expensive:Everything’s so dear now, isn’t it? This word is starting to become rather old-fashioned.Patterns expensive/​costly/​overpriced/​pricey for somebody/​something expensive/​costly to do something very/​too/​fairly/​quite/​pretty expensive/​costly/​pricey opposite inexpensive See related entries: Cost and payment Word Originearly 17th cent. (in the sense ‘lavish, extravagant’): from Latin expens- ‘paid out’, from the verb expendere, from ex- ‘out’ + pendere ‘weigh, pay’ + -ive.Extra examples Food in this country is getting very expensive. Giving every patient an annual anti-flu injection would be prohibitively expensive. Her suit looked extremely expensive. I found the food very expensive. Some of these legal cases are enormously expensive. Walls are generally the greatest source of heat loss and correspondingly expensive to tackle. discreetly expensive perfume Art books are enormously expensive to produce. I can’t afford it—it’s just too expensive for me. Making the wrong decision could prove to be expensive. That dress was an expensive mistake. an expensive restaurant
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