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adjective expensive pronunciation in American English /ɪkˈspensɪv/
  1. 1
    something that is expensive costs a lot of money
    He always wears expensive clothes.
    It can be very expensive to train new personnel.
    expensive tastes (=liking things that cost a lot of money): young people with expensive tastes and large bank accounts
  2. 2
    an expensive mistake or decision is one that causes you serious problems
    It was an expensive decision – it cost me my job.

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the buying and selling of human organs

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