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expensive

[ik-spen-siv] /ɪkˈspɛn sɪv/
adjective
1.
entailing great expense; very high-priced; costly:
an expensive party.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; expense + -ive
Related forms
expensively, adverb
expensiveness, noun
quasi-expensive, adjective
quasi-expensively, adverb
Can be confused
expansive, expensive (see synonym study at the current entry)
Synonyms
Expensive, costly, dear, high-priced apply to something that is high in price. Expensive is applied to whatever entails considerable expense; it suggests a price more than the average person would normally be able to pay or a price paid only for something special: an expensive automobile. Costly implies that the price is a large sum, usually because of the fineness, preciousness, etc., of the object: a costly jewel. Dear is commonly applied in England to something that is selling beyond its usual or just price. In the U.S., high-priced is the usual equivalent.
Antonyms
cheap, low-priced.
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British Dictionary definitions for ex pensive

expensive

/ɪkˈspɛnsɪv/
adjective
1.
high-priced; costly; dear
Derived Forms
expensively, adverb
expensiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for ex pensive

expensive

adj.

1620s, "given to profuse expenditure," from expense (n.) + -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 dictionaries label it "obsolete."

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