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expensive

adjective
     
ex‧pen‧sive S1 W2
costing a lot of money [≠ cheap]:
the most expensive restaurant in town
Petrol is becoming more and more expensive.
Photography is an expensive hobby.
expensive to buy/run/produce/maintain etc
The house was too big and expensive to run.
For low-income families, children's safety equipment can be prohibitively expensive (=so expensive that most people cannot afford it).
Employing the wrong builder can be a horribly expensive mistake.
Her husband had expensive tastes (=liked expensive things).
expensively adverb:
She's always expensively dressed.
WORD FOCUS: expensive WORD FOCUS: expensive
high used about prices, rents, or charges
fancy
used about restaurants, cars, or clothes that look expensive
posh
used about hotels, restaurants, or cars that look expensive and are used by rich or high-class people
cost a lot
also cost a bomb informal to be very expensive
be out of somebody's price range
to be more than someone can afford to pay
be a rip-off
informal to be much too expensive, so that you feel you have been cheated
exorbitant
exorbitant prices are much too high

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