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cost·ly

 (kôst′lē)
adj. cost·li·er, cost·li·est
1. Of high price or value; expensive: costly jewelry.
2. Entailing loss or sacrifice: a costly war.

cost′li·ness n.

costly

(ˈkɒstlɪ)
adj, -lier or -liest
1. of great price or value; expensive
2. entailing great loss or sacrifice: a costly victory.
3. splendid; lavish
ˈcostliness n

cost•ly

(ˈkɔst li, ˈkɒst-)

adj. -li•er, -li•est.
1. costing much; high in price.
2. resulting in great detriment: a costly mistake.
3. involving great expense; sumptuous.
[1350–1400]
cost′li•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.costly - entailing great loss or sacrifice; "a dearly-won victory"
expensive - high in price or charging high prices; "expensive clothes"; "an expensive shop"
2.costly - having a high price; "costly jewelry"; "high-priced merchandise"; "much too dear for my pocketbook"; "a pricey restaurant"
expensive - high in price or charging high prices; "expensive clothes"; "an expensive shop"

costly

adjective
1. expensive, dear, stiff, excessive, steep (informal), highly-priced, exorbitant, extortionate Having curtains professionally made can be costly.
expensive reduced, fair, cheap, reasonable, low-priced, inexpensive, economical, dirt-cheap, cheapo (informal)
2. splendid, rich, valuable, precious, gorgeous, lavish, luxurious, sumptuous, priceless, opulent the exceptionally beautiful and costly cloths made in northern Italy
3. damaging, disastrous, harmful, catastrophic, loss-making, ruinous, deleterious If you follow the procedures correctly you will avoid costly mistakes.

costly

adjective
1. Bringing a high price:
2. Of great value:
Idioms: beyond price, of great price.
Translations
غالي الثَّمَـن، نَفـيس
drahý
dyr
költséges
dÿr
drag

costly

[ˈkɒstlɪ] ADJ (costlier (compar) (costliest (superl))) (= expensive) (lit, fig) → costoso; (= valuable) → suntuoso

costly

[ˈkɒstli] adj
(financially)coûteux/euse
[mistake] → lourd(e) de conséquencescost of living ncoût m de la viecost-of-living adjustment [kɒstəvˈlɪvɪŋ] nindemnité f de vie chèrecost-of-living allowance nindemnité f de vie chèrecost-of-living increase naugmentation f de salaire indexée sur le coût de la viecost-of-living index nindice m du coût de la viecost price n (British)prix m coûtant, prix m de revient
to sell at cost price → vendre à prix coûtant
to buy at cost price → acheter à prix coûtant

costly

adjteuer, kostspielig; tastes, habitsteuer; costly in terms of time/labourzeitaufwendig or -aufwändig/arbeitsintensiv; running a car is a costly businessein Auto zu unterhalten ist eine teure Angelegenheit

costly

[ˈkɒstlɪ] adjcostoso/a, caro/a

cost

(kost) past tense past participle cost verb
1. to be obtainable at a certain price. This jacket costs 75 dollars; The victory cost two thousand lives.
2. (past tense, past participle ˈcosted) to estimate the cost of (a future project). The caterer costed the reception at three hundred dollars.
noun
the price to be paid (for something). What is the cost of this coat?
ˈcostly adjective
costing much. a costly wedding-dress.
ˈcostliness noun
costs noun plural
the expenses of a legal case. He won his case and was awarded costs of $500.
at all costs
no matter what the cost or outcome may be. We must prevent disaster at all costs.

costly

a. costoso-a, caro-a;
adv. costosamente.
References in classic literature ?
I reckon to be costly, not them alone which charge the purse, but which are wearisome, and importune in suits.
At last he dreamt one night that he found a beautiful purple flower, and that in the middle of it lay a costly pearl; and he dreamt that he plucked the flower, and went with it in his hand into the castle, and that everything he touched with it was disenchanted, and that there he found his Jorinda again.
Then more beds of different fashion, and an agate vase carved with the figure of a man aiming an arrow at a lion, and finally a costly table, which had once belonged to King Solomon.
I know not with what fine and costly material the heidelburgh Tun was coated within, but in superlative richness that coating could not possibly have compared with the silken pearl-colored membrane, like the line of a fine pelisse, forming the inner surface of the Sperm Whale's case.
Whereupon I was at much pains to describe to him the use of money, the materials it was made of, and the value of the metals; "that when a YAHOO had got a great store of this precious substance, he was able to purchase whatever he had a mind to; the finest clothing, the noblest houses, great tracts of land, the most costly meats and drinks, and have his choice of the most beautiful females.
Alas, my love,' she replied, ' over there lies the granite mountain where the costly precious stones grow.
When the public school course was finally finished, they wanted more costly dresses, more costly hats and shoes.
Doubtless this sailor-man is his minister -- observe his costly badge of office
The meaner sort of people here dress themselves very plain; they only wear drawers, and a thick garment of cotton, that covers the rest of their bodies: the people of quality, especially those that frequent the court, run into the contrary extreme, and ruin themselves with costly habits.
It was a hard trial of the courage and means of an individual to have to fit out another costly expedition, where so much had already been expended, so much uncertainty prevailed, and where the risk of loss was so greatly enhanced, that no insurance could be effected.
Pictures, too, were on the walls, and the underground palace was quite a museum of rare and curious and costly objects.
They had, however, to deal with 136,000,000 pounds of iron, a quantity far too costly to send by railway.