be, look, prove, seem, sound

Her suit looked extremely expensive.

become, get

Food in this country is getting very expensive.

make sth

Adding these safety features would make the cars too expensive.

find sth

I found the food very expensive.

extremely, fairly, very, etc.
amazingly, astronomically, enormously, exceedingly, extortionately, extremely, hideously, highly, horrendously, horribly, hugely, incredibly, insanely, ludicrously (esp. BrE), massively, outrageously, prohibitively, ridiculously, ruinously (esp. BrE), terribly

Some of these legal cases are enormously expensive.

Giving every patient an annual flu shot would be prohibitively expensive.

a little, slightly, etc.
comparatively, relatively
Expensive is used with these nouns: ↑boutique, ↑champagne, ↑cigar, ↑clothes, ↑coffee, ↑commodity, ↑cosmetic, ↑cut, ↑delicacy, ↑end, ↑equipment, ↑exercise, ↑fare, ↑flop, ↑gadget, ↑gift, ↑habit, ↑hobby, ↑hotel, ↑house, ↑import, ↑item, ↑jewellery, ↑lifestyle, ↑litigation, ↑luxury, ↑mistake, ↑option, ↑perfume, ↑proposition, ↑purchase, ↑repair, ↑restaurant, ↑shop, ↑suit, ↑taste, ↑toy, ↑undertaking, ↑venture, ↑version, ↑waste, ↑wine

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