expensive Definition

  • 1costing a lot of money; having a high price
  • 2involving great expense; very costly

Using expensive: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "expensive" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    This is the most expensive restaurant in town.

  • Example

    I can't afford to buy an expensive car.

  • Example

    The hotel room was too expensive for us.

  • Example

    She has expensive taste in clothes.

expensive Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with expensive

  • expensive tastes

    a liking for things that are costly or luxurious


    She has expensive tastes and always buys designer clothes.

  • expensive proposition

    something that requires a lot of money or resources to accomplish


    Building a new stadium is an expensive proposition.

  • a leisure activity that requires a lot of money to pursue


    Collecting vintage cars can be an expensive hobby.


Summary: expensive in Brief

The term 'expensive' [ɪkˈspɛnsɪv] refers to something that costs a lot of money or involves great expense. It is often used to describe items that are luxurious or high-end, such as 'She has expensive taste in clothes.' 'Expensive' can also be used in phrases like 'expensive tastes' and 'expensive hobby,' which denote a liking for costly things and a leisure activity that requires a lot of money to pursue, respectively.

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