cost (someone) dearly/dear

idiom

Definition of cost (someone) dearly/dear

: to cause (someone) to lose something or to suffer a lot
  • Changing your mind now could cost you dearly.

Word by Word Definitions

cost play
  1. : the amount or equivalent paid or charged for something : price

  2. : the outlay or expenditure (as of effort or sacrifice) made to achieve an object

  3. : loss or penalty incurred especially in gaining something

  1. : to require expenditure or payment

  2. : to require effort, suffering, or loss

  3. : to have a price of

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

dearly
  1. : with affection : fondly

  2. : heartily, earnestly

  3. : at a high rate or price

dear play
  1. : highly valued : precious

  2. : affectionate, fond

  3. : high or exorbitant in price : expensive

  1. : dearly

  2. : dearly

  1. : a loved one : sweetheart

  2. : a lovable person

  1. used especially to express annoyance or dismay

  1. : severe, sore


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up cost (someone) dearly/dear? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!