- expencive (archaic)
From Latin expēnsīvus, from expendō; synchronically analyzable as expense + -ive. In the sense of "high-priced" has largely displaced dear.
- (General American, Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪkˈspɛnsɪv/, /ɛkˈspɛnsɪv/
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expensive (comparative more expensive, superlative most expensive)
- (obsolete) Given to expending a lot of money; profligate, lavish.
- 1748, [Samuel Richardson], chapter 4, in Clarissa. Or, The History of a Young Lady: […], volume I, London: […] S[amuel] Richardson; […], →OCLC:
- [H]e had been very expensive when abroad; and contracted a large debt […].
- 1751, [Tobias] Smollett, chapter 25, in The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle […], volume I, London: Harrison and Co., […], published 1781, →OCLC:
- [T]hus naturally generous and expensive, he squandered away his money, and made a most splendid appearance upon the receipt of his quarterly appointment […] .
- Having a high price or cost.
- 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 1, in Internal Combustion:
- If successful, Edison and Ford—in 1914—would move society away from the ever more expensive and then universally known killing hazards of gasoline cars: […] .
- 2013 June 22, “T time”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8841, page 68:
- […] a new study of how Starbucks has largely avoided paying tax in Britain […] shows that current tax rules make it easy for all sorts of firms to generate […] “stateless income”: […]. […] the firm has in effect turned the process of making an expensive cup of coffee into intellectual property.
- (computing) Taking a lot of system time or resources.
- an unnecessarily expensive choice of algorithm
having a high price or cost