Definition of cost
(Entry 1 of 2)
1a : the amount or equivalent paid or charged for something : price The average cost of a college education has gone up dramatically.
b : the outlay or expenditure (as of effort or sacrifice) made to achieve an object He achieved fame, but at the cost of losing several friends.
2 : loss or penalty incurred especially in gaining something the cost of lives during war
3 costs plural : expenses incurred in a judicial process especially : those given by the law or the court to the prevailing party against the losing party
at all costsat cost
: regardless of the cost or consequences was determined to win at all costs
: for the price of production buys clothes at cost directly from the manufacturer
Definition of cost (Entry 2 of 2)
1 : to require expenditure or payment The best goods cost more.
2 : to require effort, suffering, or loss
1 : to have a price of Each ticket costs 25 dollars.
2 : to cause to pay, suffer, or lose something Frequent absences cost him his job.
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