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Definition of "costly" []

  • Of high price or value; expensive: costly jewelry. (adjective)
  • Entailing loss or sacrifice: a costly war. (adjective)
  • Of great price or value; expensive (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Entailing great loss or sacrifice (adjective)
  • Splendid; lavish (adjective)

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Use "costly" in a sentence
  • "Mr. Obama is most eager to eliminate what he calls "costly tax cuts for oil companies.""
  • "McCain criticized Democratic contenders for offering what he called costly universal health-care proposals that require too much government regulation."
  • "McCain criticized Democratic contenders for offering what he called costly universal health care proposals that require too much government regulation."