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Meaning of “expensive” in the English Dictionary

"expensive" in British English

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expensiveadjective

uk   us   /ɪkˈspen.sɪv/
A1 costing a lot of ​money: Rolls Royces are very expensive. Big ​houses are expensive tomaintain. 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).
(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   us   /ɪkˈspensɪv/
costing a lot of ​money: Business ​classtravel has become very expensive. He was looking for ​insurance to ​cover the expensive ​equipment in his ​homeoffice.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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