cost of living

noun phrase

: the cost of purchasing those goods and services which are included in an accepted standard level of consumption

Examples of cost of living in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, while some plans come with an annual cost of living adjustment to help keep pace with inflation – and some offer survivor payouts to spouses – not all do. Amy Wagner and Steve Hruby, The Enquirer, 16 July 2024 According to a 2023 poll from the Economist Intelligence Unit, Copenhagen is the city with the world's eighth highest cost of living. Mithil Aggarwal, NBC News, 9 July 2024 Families and companies already struggle with the high cost of living and doing business in our state. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 9 July 2024 There were economic considerations involved in their move, too: The cost of living, as well as health care, would be lower. Chris Kenning, USA TODAY, 7 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for cost of living 

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Word History

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cost of living was in 1796

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“Cost of living.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cost%20of%20living. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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cost of living

cost of liv·​ing
: the cost of purchasing those goods and services which are included in an accepted standard level of consumption

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