• (America, RP) IPA: /ɪkˈspɛnsɪv/, /ɛkˈspɛnsɪv/


  1. (obsolete) Given to expending a lot of money; profligate, lavish.
    • 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, I.4:
      [H]e had been very expensive when abroad; and contracted a large debt […].
  2. Having a high price or cost.
  3. (computing) Taking a lot of system time or resources.
    an unnecessarily expensive choice of algorithm
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