cost

noun
\ ˈkȯst How to pronounce cost (audio) \

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 costs
: regardless of the cost or consequences was determined to win at all costs
at cost
: for the price of production buys clothes at cost directly from the manufacturer

cost

verb
cost; costing

Definition of cost (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to require expenditure or payment The best goods cost more.
2 : to require effort, suffering, or loss

transitive verb

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.
3 past costed\ ˈkä-​stəd How to pronounce costed (audio)\ : to estimate or set the cost of often used with out The project has yet to be costed out.

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Other Words from cost

Noun

costless \ ˈkȯst-​ləs How to pronounce costless (audio) \ adjective
costlessly adverb

Examples of cost in a Sentence

Noun

She attends college at a cost of $15,000 a year. The average cost of raising a family has increased dramatically. We offer services at a fraction of the cost of other companies. What's the difference in cost? They believe that everyone should have access to adequate medical care, regardless of cost. The cost of doing business in this area is high. We need better cost control. Winning the war, he believes, was worth the cost in lives. What are the costs and benefits of the new law?

Verb

The trip will cost you about $100 each way. The project will end up costing the government an estimated 3.5 billion dollars. It will cost you a lot of money, but it'll be worth it. His frequent absences ended up costing him his job. The error cost me a reprimand, but nothing more serious than that. a blunder that has cost her considerable embarrassment
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Union president Keith Brown said the latest offer does not address the high cost of living that is driving educators out of Oakland. Jocelyn Gecker, The Seattle Times, "Oakland teachers to walk off the job Thursday," 20 Feb. 2019 The average cost of a kitchen renovation is $20,000, according to HomeAdvisor, but bigger, higher-end spaces can be more than double that. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "All You Need," 11 Feb. 2019 The increase in cost is designed to support (and is likewise probably a consequence of) Netflix's increasing push for original content, which includes popular shows like Stranger Things and viral movies like Bird Box. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The Price of Netflix Is Going Up," 15 Jan. 2019 The cost of Fyre wasn’t to investors and credulous hipsters who wanted to party with Major Lazer and Blink-182 on a white-sand beach. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Netflix’s Fyre Is a Story You Have to See to Believe," 15 Jan. 2019 The cost for the trip was well into the seven figures, but who can put a price on personal transformation? Marisa Meltzer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Latest Travel Trend? Super Sabbaticals," 24 Dec. 2018 Competitors without telecom support could face higher costs and anti-competitive restrictions with only the Federal Trade Commission (whose authority here is extremely limited) to turn to. Karl Bode, The Verge, "How the new AT&T could bully its way to streaming domination," 18 Dec. 2018 Depending on how many years the pod is used, this price could pay off, as the average cost of assisted living care is $43,536, while skilled nursing home care ranges from $82,128 to $92,376, according to the Family Caregiver Alliance. Christine Coppa, Country Living, "'Granny Pods' Allow Elderly Family Members to Live in a High-Tech Backyard Cottage," 13 Dec. 2018 The completely open concept has higher structural and service-routing costs, making open-concept homes a status symbol. Kate Wagner, Curbed, "Building houses that grow with us," 14 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Take Bertram’s tented hallway, lined in an Indian fabric from Etsy that cost him $5 a yard. Kathryn O'shea-evans, House Beautiful, "Every Wall is Handpainted in this Tiny Palm Beach Apartment," 11 Mar. 2019 So give them something to do, this will cost you so little, but will make the largest impact. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Just Spoke Out on International Women's Day—Here Are Her Best Quotes," 8 Mar. 2019 Each West Elm bundle will count as one item in their subscription package, which costs $159 per month. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Rent the Runway and West Elm Partner to Create Gorgeous, Rentable Home Essentials," 7 Mar. 2019 The nearly $1,000 credit-card charge would cost her a victory over her pizzeria co-workers in their monthly competition for highest credit score. Annamaria Andriotis, WSJ, "Getting Into the 800 Credit Score Club Is Tough—Staying in Is Tougher," 3 Mar. 2019 The Taliban have been negotiating with the U.S. to end America’s longest war, which has cost it more than $1 trillion. Kathy Gannon, The Seattle Times, "Powerful political leader warns against squandering peace," 20 Feb. 2019 If Kate Middleton is your royal skin-spo, that gamble will cost you $64. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Reportedly Swears by a $64 Natural Anti-Wrinkle Gel Called Biotulin," 2 Feb. 2019 Price-wise, one of these bad boys will cost you $119. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "This 'Christmas Vacation' Inflatable Is Way Better Than a Jelly of the Month Club Certificate," 29 Nov. 2018 Steyer’s move to unseat the president, called Need to Impeach, will cost him at least $40 million. Rob Haskell, Vogue, "Billionaire Democrat Tom Steyer on Impeaching Trump, Getting Out the Vote, and Winning in 2020," 14 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of cost

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for cost

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French custer, couster, from Latin constare to stand firm, cost — more at constant

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cost

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the price of something : the amount of money that is needed to pay for or buy something
: an amount of money that must be spent regularly to pay for something (such as running a business or raising a family)
: something that is lost, damaged, or given up in order to achieve or get something

cost

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cost (Entry 2 of 2)

: to have (an amount of money) as a price
: to cause (someone) to pay an amount of money
: to cause (someone) to lose something

cost

verb
\ ˈkȯst How to pronounce cost (audio) \
cost; costing

Kids Definition of cost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to have a price of He bought a ticket costing one dollar.
2 : to cause the payment, spending, or loss of Being lazy cost me my job.

cost

noun

Kids Definition of cost (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the amount paid or charged for something : price
2 : loss or penalty involved in gaining something Losing my friends was the cost of moving.

cost

noun

Legal Definition of cost

1 : the amount or equivalent paid or charged for something
2  plural : expenses incurred in litigation especially : those given by the law or the court to the prevailing party against the losing party

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