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cost

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noun \ˈkȯst\

Definition of cost

  1. 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. 2 :  loss or penalty incurred especially in gaining something the cost of lives during war

  3. 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

costless

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costlessly

adverb

at all costs

  1. :  regardless of the cost or consequences was determined to win at all costs

at cost

  1. :  for the price of production buys clothes at cost directly from the manufacturer

Examples of cost in a Sentence

  1. She attends college at a cost of $15,000 a year.

  2. The average cost of raising a family has increased dramatically.

  3. We offer services at a fraction of the cost of other companies.

  4. What's the difference in cost?

  5. They believe that everyone should have access to adequate medical care, regardless of cost.

  6. The cost of doing business in this area is high.

  7. We need better cost control.

  8. Winning the war, he believes, was worth the cost in lives.

  9. What are the costs and benefits of the new law?

Origin and Etymology of cost

see 2cost


First Known Use: 14th century


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cost

verb

Definition of cost

cost

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costing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to require expenditure or payment The best goods cost more.

  3. 2 :  to require effort, suffering, or loss

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to have a price of Each ticket costs 25 dollars.

  6. 2 :  to cause to pay, suffer, or lose something Frequent absences cost him his job.

  7. 3 past costedplay \ˈkä-stəd\ :  to estimate or set the cost of —often used with out The project has yet to be costed out.

Examples of cost in a Sentence

  1. The trip will cost you about $100 each way.

  2. The project will end up costing the government an estimated 3.5 billion dollars.

  3. It will cost you a lot of money, but it'll be worth it.

  4. His frequent absences ended up costing him his job.

  5. The error cost me a reprimand, but nothing more serious than that.

  6. a blunder that has cost her considerable embarrassment

Origin and Etymology of cost

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


First Known Use: 14th century


COST Defined for English Language Learners

cost

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noun

Definition of cost for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of cost for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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cost

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verb \ˈkȯst\

Definition of cost for Students

cost

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costing

  1. 1 :  to have a price of He bought a ticket costing one dollar.

  2. 2 :  to cause the payment, spending, or loss of Being lazy cost me my job.


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cost

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Definition of cost for Students

  1. 1 :  the amount paid or charged for something :  price

  2. 2 :  loss or penalty involved in gaining something Losing my friends was the cost of moving.


Law Dictionary

cost

noun

Legal Definition of cost

  1. 1 :  the amount or equivalent paid or charged for something

  2. 2 pl :  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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