Definition of 'costly'
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Example sentences containing 'costly'
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Going to court is costly and can often lead to increased bitterness. Times, Sunday Times (2010)You pay interest on only the cash you have drawn so it can be less costly. The Sun (2008)This may be a little costly but the legal remedies available to you require legal expertise. The Sun (2015)This is quite a lot more likely than kidney removal and quite a lot more costly. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Working wives are less costly to divorce. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The photographers were warned they could face an enormously costly legal battle. The Sun (2007)It would make the renovations easier and less costly. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The council says it is monitoring the situation and is keen to avoid lengthy and costly legal proceedings. Times, Sunday Times (2012)They are costly and often applicants who come in through an agency just as quickly depart through an agency. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Yes, this is a costly sacrifice. Christianity Today (2000)Exposed by the financial crisis, banks have been hit by a series of costly scandals. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It will probably be used only rarely owing to the costly and time-consuming nature of the process. Times, Sunday Times (2012)It was obviously a time-consuming and costly experience. The Sun (2011)In many cases these can be costly and time-consuming to treat. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Everything is exposed to the elements, and that makes it very costly. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Kingsbridge is less costly than nearby Salcombe. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Forced downtime is what they really shared, and it has become a rare and often costly thing. Times, Sunday Times (2014)With the rows often ending in costly battles, many administrators admit that they quietly concede to the demands. Times, Sunday Times (2006)It is only ten years since the split capital investment trust scandal, a costly mess stoked by all three of those factors. Times, Sunday Times (2015)One way to test who's genuinely committed is to see who is willing to undertake a costly sacrifice '. Times, Sunday Times (2010)That could lead to billions of pounds in payments, dashing hopes that banks can soon draw a line under the costliest mis-selling scandal in history. Times, Sunday Times (2015)
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Translations for 'costly'
British English: costly ADJECTIVE
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.
Definition of costly from the Collins English Dictionary
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