costly

  • 1 costly — adj Costly, expensive, dear, valuable, precious, invaluable, priceless mean having a high value or valuation, especially in terms of money. Costly, expensive, dear refer to the expenditure or sacrifice involved in obtaining or procuring a thing.… …

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  • 2 costly — [kôst′lē, käst′lē] adj. costlier, costliest [ME: see COST & LY1] 1. a) costing much; expensive; dear b) at the cost of great effort, damage, sacrifice, etc. [a costly victory] …

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  • 3 Costly — is a Honduran surname, and may refer to: Anthony Costly (born 1954), Honduran footballer Carlo Costly (born 1982), Honduran footballer This page or section lists people with the surname Costly. If an in …

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  • 4 costly — UK US /ˈkɒstli/ adjective ► costing a lot of money: »costly repairs »The delays in the schedule proved very costly. → See Note EXPENSIVE(Cf. ↑expensive) ► harmful, and involving a lot of loss or damage: »Their failure to cons …

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  • 5 Costly — Cost ly (k?st l?; 115), a. [From Cost expense.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of great cost; expensive; dear. [1913 Webster] He had fitted up his palace in the most costly and sumptuous style, for the accomodation of the princess. Prescott. [1913 Webster] 2 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 costly — [adj1] expensive an arm and leg*, cher*, dear, excessive, executive, exorbitant, extortionate, extravagant, fancy, high, highly priced, high priced, inordinate, precious, premium, pricey, steep, stiff*, top, valuable; concept 334 Ant. cheap,… …

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  • 7 costly — ► ADJECTIVE (costier, costiest) 1) expensive. 2) causing suffering, loss, or disadvantage: a costly mistake. DERIVATIVES costliness noun …

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  • 8 costly — index harmful, inestimable, invaluable, priceless, sterling, valuable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 9 costly — late 14c., from COST (Cf. cost) + LY (Cf. ly) (1). Earlier formation with the same sense were costful (mid 13c.), costious (mid 14c.) …

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  • 10 costly */ — UK [ˈkɒs(t)lɪ] / US [ˈkɔs(t)lɪ] adjective Word forms costly : adjective costly comparative costlier superlative costliest formal 1) costing a lot of money They have been investing in costly new equipment. a costly business/process/exercise:… …

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  • 11 costly — adj. VERBS ▪ be, become, prove ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very, etc. ▪ enormously …

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  • 12 costly — cost|ly [ kɔstli ] adjective FORMAL * 1. ) costing a lot of money: EXPENSIVE: They have been investing in costly new equipment. a costly business/process/exercise: Changing your company s management style can be a costly business. a ) used about… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 costly — [[t]kɒ̱stli, AM kɔ͟ːst [/t]] costlier, costliest 1) ADJ GRADED If you say that something is costly, you mean that it costs a lot of money, often more than you would want to pay. Having professionally made curtains can be costly, so why not make… …

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  • 14 costly — costliness, n. /kawst lee, kost /, adj., costlier, costliest. 1. costing much; expensive; high in price: a costly emerald bracelet; costly medical care. 2. resulting in great expense: The upkeep of such a large house is costly. 3. resulting in… …

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  • 15 costly — adj. costly to + inf. (it is costly to run an air conditioner all day) * * * [ kɒstlɪ] costly to + inf. (it is costly to run an air conditioner all day) …

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  • 16 costly — cost|ly [ˈkɔstli US ˈko:stli] adj 1.) very expensive, especially wasting a lot of money ▪ a complex and costly procedure ▪ Such a database would be extremely costly to set up. 2.) something that is costly causes a lot of problems or trouble ▪ His …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 costly — adjective 1 too expensive and wasting a lot of money: Replacing all the windows would be too costly. 2 something that is costly causes a lot of problems or trouble: Hawksworth letting that goal in proved a costly mistake. costliness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 costly — adjective (costlier; est) Date: 14th century 1. a. commanding a high price especially because of intrinsic worth < costly gems > b. rich, splendid 2. made or done at heavy …

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  • 19 costly — adjective 1) costly machinery Syn: expensive, dear, high priced, highly priced, overpriced; informal steep, pricey, costing an arm and a leg, costing the earth Ant: cheap, inexpensive 2) a costly mistake …

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  • 20 costly — adjective 1) costly machinery Syn: expensive, dear, high cost, overpriced; informal steep, pricey 2) a costly mistake Syn: catastrophic, disastrous, calamitous, ruinous, damaging …

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