from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of high price or value; expensive: costly jewelry.
- adj. Entailing loss or sacrifice: a costly war.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of high cost; expensive.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of great cost; expensive; dear.
- adj. Gorgeous; sumptuous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of great price; acquired, done, or practised at much cost, as of money, time, trouble, etc.; expensive; rich; occasioning great expense or expenditure: as, a costly habit; costly furniture; costly vices.
- Lavish; extravagant.
- Synonyms Precious, etc. See valuable.
- In a costly manner; expensively; richly; gorgeously.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. entailing great loss or sacrifice
- adj. having a high price
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.
The president's Republican foes in Congress, meanwhile, made a show of united opposition to the legislation, Obama's top domestic goal, and vowed to make every effort to derail what they called a costly and dangerous proposal.
Congressional Republicans staged a show of unity against what they describe as costly and dangerous government intervention in US health care, marching into the House chamber for a closed-door strategy session.
Coburn and other Republicans have long tried to strip out federal funds that Murtha earmarked for the center, which they call a costly boondoggle.
Fund says VW plans appear to favour Porsche owners * Wealth fund does not openly threaten to sell VW shares * Fund held $450 mln stake in VW at end 2008 By Wojciech Moskwa assets, which it called costly and "unacceptable."
The Chicago Tribune reported on October 12, 2007 that McCain, in criticizing Democratic contenders for offering what he called costly universal health care proposals that require too much government regulation, had said that Senator Clinton's health-care plan was
In America, access to medical care, though often costly, is everywhere.
We are forced to engage in costly altruistic behavior to fight against those who are being amply rewarded for their efforts.
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