how to pronounce costly


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costly is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of costly in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… and costly solicitation processes and we …”

meanings of costly


  1. Of high cost; expensive.

costly frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word costly occurs in english on average 6.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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