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Meaning of expensive by Wiktionary Dictionary

expensive


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    Etymology

    From Latin expensivus, from expendere, compare expense

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /ɪkˈspɛnsɪv/

    Adjective

    expensive ( comparative more expensive, superlative most expensive )

    1. having a high price or cost
    2. ( computing ) taking a lot of system time or resources
      an unnecessarily expensive choice of algorithm

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Explanation of expensive by Wordnet Dictionary

expensive


    Adjective
    1. high in price or charging high prices

    2. expensive clothes
      an expensive shop


    Definition of expensive by GCIDE Dictionary

    expensive


    1. Expensive a.
      1. Occasioning expense; calling for liberal outlay; costly; dear; liberal; as, “expensive dress; an expensive house or family.”

      War is expensive, and peace desirable. Burke.

      2. Free in expending; very liberal; especially, in a bad sense: extravagant; lavish. [R.]

      An active, expensive, indefatigable goodness. Sprat.

      The idle and expensive are dangerous. Sir W. Temple.

      Syn. -- Costly; dear; high-priced; lavish; extravagant.

      -- Expensively, adv. -- Expensiveness, n.