Quick answer
"Costly" is an adjective which is often translated as "costoso", and "expensive" is an adjective which is often translated as "caro". Learn more about the difference between "costly" and "expensive" below.
costly(
kast
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li
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (expensive)
a. costoso
Taking them to court could be very costly and time-consuming.Llevarlos a juicio podría resultar muy costoso y largo.
b. caro
Cancer treatment is a lengthy and costly procedure.El tratamiento del cáncer es un procedimiento largo y caro.
2. (damaging)
a. costoso
This scandal has been a very costly experience for the government.Este escándalo ha sido una experiencia muy costosa para el gobierno.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
It was a costly negligence, especially considering that it brought about his dismissal.Fue una negligencia por la que pagó un alto precio, ya que provocó su despido.
Losing the ball to his opponent turned out to be a costly mistake.Dejarse quitar el balón por su adversario fue un error que le salió caro.
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expensive(
ehk
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spehn
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sihv
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (costly)
a. caro
I wish that bag wasn't so expensive.Ojalá ese bolso no fuera tan caro.
b. costoso
I can't go on the trip; the tickets are too expensive.No puedo ir en el viaje, los boletos son demasiado costosos.
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