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"expensive" in British English

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expensiveadjective

uk   /ɪkˈspen.sɪv/ 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   /ɪkˈspen.sɪv.li/ us   /ɪkˈspen.sɪv.li/
Sarah is always expensively dressed (= wearing expensive clothes).
(Definition of expensive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"expensive" in American English

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expensiveadjective [not gradable]

us   /ɪkˈspen·sɪv/
costing a lot of money: Housing in this part of the country is very expensive.
expensively
adverb [not gradable] us   /ɪkˈspen·sɪv·li/
She was expensively dressed.
(Definition of expensive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"expensive" in Business English

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expensiveadjective

uk   /ɪkˈspensɪv/ us  
costing a lot of money: Business class travel has become very expensive. He was looking for insurance to cover the expensive equipment in his home office.sth is expensive to do Older houses are expensive to maintain. prohibitively/extremely/hugely expensive
(Definition of expensive from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “expensive”
in Arabic غالٍ…
in Korean 값비싼…
in Portuguese caro, dispendioso…
in Catalan car…
in Japanese (値段が)高い…
in Chinese (Simplified) 昂贵的, 花钱多的, 价格高的…
in Turkish pahalı…
in Russian дорогой, дорогостоящий…
in Chinese (Traditional) 昂貴的, 用錢多的, 價格高的…
in Italian costoso…
in Polish drogi, kosztowny…
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