how to pronounce expensive


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the above transcription of expensive is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

expensive frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word expensive occurs in english on average 24.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

expensive is pronounced in three syllables

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

“… is um much less expensive than many …”

meanings of expensive


  1. Given to expending a lot of money; profligate, lavish.
  2. Having a high price or cost.
  3. Taking a lot of system time or resources.

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