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expensive

adjective uk   us   /ɪkˈspen.sɪv/
A1 costing a lot of money: Rolls Royces are very expensive. Big houses are expensive to maintain. She has expensive tastes (= she likes things that cost a lot of money).
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expensively
adverb uk   us   /-li/
Sarah is always expensively dressed (= wearing expensive clothes).
Translations of “expensive”
in Korean 값비싼…
in Arabic غالٍ…
in Portuguese caro, dispendioso…
in Catalan car…
in Japanese (値段が)高い…
in Italian costoso…
in Chinese (Traditional) 昂貴的, 用錢多的, 價格高的…
in Russian дорогой, дорогостоящий…
in Turkish pahalı…
in Chinese (Simplified) 昂贵的, 花钱多的, 价格高的…
in Polish drogi, kosztowny…
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