Definition of cost in English:

cost

Pronunciation /kôst/ /kɔst/

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transitive verbcost

[with object]
  • 1(of an object or action) require the payment of (a specified sum of money) before it can be acquired or done.

    ‘each issue of the magazine costs $2.25’
    • ‘He suggested that the quality of the work was better than much of what was done in the private sector today costing large sums of money.’
    • ‘She must dial a long distance number, which can cost great sums of money for extended Internet use.’
    • ‘Some of these benefits cost significant sums of money to provide.’
    • ‘The Government's removal of tax relief on dividend payments has cost the pensions industry billions of pounds.’
    • ‘Books cost money and require the user to read them for the idea to spread.’
    • ‘The empire cost a vast sum of money to run and trade brought in much of that money.’
    • ‘It costs a reasonable sum of money to get in, and it never struck me as being worthwhile to pay it for a quick lunchtime scan.’
    • ‘The four-year Olympic cycle for preparation of Bulgaria cost the humble sum of seven million leva.’
    • ‘With delays and changes to software requirements costing extra money, there is always the danger that projects could spin out of control, ultimately delaying services and profits.’
    • ‘He says that their current ad campaign is costing a five-figure sum.’
    • ‘Major alterations costing huge sums had been made to the building to make it suitable for the regeneration scheme.’
    • ‘His last jaunt to Bermuda cost the princely sum of 27.50 a night.’
    • ‘Answering such questions would require collecting better evidence, which costs real money.’
    • ‘Expansion costs money, but revenue has never been a problem for this entrepreneur.’
    • ‘It costs money to improve security and make those kind of things happen.’
    • ‘On the flip side of the coin they cost the British tax payer millions every year, and have become out of touch with the public.’
    • ‘A pay hike for staff and an increase in NI payments are costing millions.’
    • ‘A North Yorkshire museum is so unpopular it costs council tax payers a whopping £9.78 per visitor to keep it open.’
    • ‘It costs money to restore these buildings and keep them in good order.’
    • ‘But the arrangement, plus the cost of essential repairs and maintenance, means it is costing council tax payers £66,000 a year just to keep the building ticking over.’
    be priced at, sell for, be valued at, fetch, come to, amount to, be
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    1. 1.1Cause the loss of.
      ‘driving at more than double the speed limit cost the woman her driving license’
      • ‘The midweek loss cost the Celts second place in the table.’
      • ‘In both away matches this season, Livi have sat in and invited attack, which duly cost them goals.’
      • ‘It was the Hokies' only loss, and it cost them another shot at a national title.’
      • ‘As many as 300,000 are employed in restaurants, hotels and other travel-related business and officials say the attack could end up costing half of them their jobs.’
      • ‘Again the ineffectiveness of him cost the attack much of its ability to maintain serious pressure.’
      • ‘The two drivers were involved in a mishap on the track that cost him the lead and put him out of the race.’
      • ‘It's the same arrogance that cost them the General Election.’
      • ‘The player, whose careless touches cost Aberdeen possession all afternoon, hooked it over the bar with his left foot.’
      • ‘Two of the women suing told yesterday how the side effects almost cost them their lives.’
      • ‘In the space of 15 minutes they struck the ball wide on four occasions and this cost them the game.’
      • ‘He had a fly ball sail over his head for a double, and it cost the team three runs.’
      • ‘The slight loss of concentration in the final corner which cost her a skeleton medal on Friday highlighted the point.’
      • ‘That loss a couple of weeks ago probably cost the Dubliners their league chances but this game is not about revenge.’
      • ‘It was a lack of putting touch that cost him the chance of achieving his long-held dream of playing in The Open.’
      • ‘In 1966, this hazardous situation led to a catastrophe costing the lives of 44 men, injuring hundreds more, and causing millions of dollars of damage.’
      • ‘It was a huge risk that could have cost him his job.’
      • ‘To me, this effort is costing him power and accuracy.’
      • ‘He was then seriously injured in a car accident that nearly cost him his leg.’
      • ‘A factory worker has won a payout of more than £100,000 after an accident at work cost him his left hand.’
      • ‘But local wildlife officials have vetoed this idea so far, he said, and this has cost him clients.’
      cause the loss of, cause the sacrifice of, lead to the end of
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    2. 1.2informal Be expensive for (someone)
      • ‘if you want to own an island, it'll cost you’
      • ‘He did not want to consider the public tendencies then and he did the same thing now, two years afterwards, which cost him.’
      • ‘There are too many things that cost and not enough stuff that doesn't cost you.’
      • ‘I will never regret my decision to go public, even though it has cost me greatly in many ways.’
      • ‘The garbage may also cost us again when we accidentally throw away important information.’
  • 2Estimate the price of.

    ‘it is their job to plan and cost a media schedule for the campaign’
    • ‘Has anyone costed the price of a unit of electricity?’
    • ‘It's not costed into the price of our t-shirts.’
    • ‘It has to be confiscation, not purchase, as the ‘retrieval’ was not costed, or any price quoted.’
    • ‘On March 27 a one day course on Manual Payroll is planned and on April 10 you can attend a one day course on pricing and costing techniques.’
    • ‘He said the plans would be carefully costed and clear for all to see.’
    • ‘He said details of Labor's fully costed plan would have to wait until closer to the election.’
    • ‘Mr Gwynn said those ideas would then be turned into a plan that would be costed out and presented to the Government.’
    • ‘No, New Labour refuted the advert because they say the plans aren't costed properly.’
    • ‘This would form the basis for plans which can be costed and a suitable site found.’
    • ‘Two public meetings will be held to discuss the plans, which will then be modified and a fully costed business plan will be drawn up to gain funding.’
    • ‘They also insisted that the plan had been fully costed and could even save the NHS money.’
    • ‘Will you please now prepare detailed and fully costed contingency plans?’
    • ‘They have always had costed plans to make sure pensions are funded generously.’
    • ‘The station, in its application to the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland, states that its plan has been fully costed and the necessary finance is in place, confirmed and available.’
    • ‘He did criticise them for failing to cost their plans properly.’
    • ‘First, if a comprehensive Schedule of Dilapidations is costed the cost which the tenant would have had to incur to comply with the repairing covenants is ascertained.’
    value, price, put a price on, put a value on, put a figure on, estimate the cost of, estimate the price of, evaluate
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noun

  • 1An amount that has to be paid or spent to buy or obtain something.

    ‘we are able to cover the cost of the event’
    • ‘the tunnel has been built at no cost to the state’
    • ‘healthcare costs’
    • ‘She defended her decision to ask the students for the amount to cover the cost of repair.’
    • ‘If this amount cannot cover the cost of the claim, then the balance is met out of the public purse.’
    • ‘In many regions, the amount of cash payments for travel did not cover the cost of a monthly pass.’
    • ‘The amount is only enough to cover the cost of transportation and food.’
    • ‘He says the vandalism is so commonplace costs for groups to use the community hall are set to help cover the cost of repairs.’
    • ‘Also, what you save on plane tickets alone might cover the cost of one cruise.’
    • ‘After all, after World War I, it used to cover the cost of pretty much any college degree.’
    • ‘The fee per session is 5 euro to cover the cost of coaching and insurance.’
    • ‘All need to raise a substantial amount of money to cover the cost of flights, accommodation and expenses for the nine-day trip.’
    • ‘The entrance fee of £1.50 will cover the cost of tea or coffee with biscuits.’
    • ‘Envelopes for people wishing to give a donation to cover the cost of maintenance are now available.’
    • ‘To support the show and to help cover the cost of prize money, we are selling advertising for the night.’
    • ‘They may also incur additional operating costs into the future.’
    • ‘Now that the industry is approaching its mature phase, prices can afford to rise to cover average total cost.’
    • ‘But it incurs the additional sunk cost of setting up a foreign plant.’
    • ‘The result is a significantly reduced total cost of ownership for the storage infrastructure.’
    • ‘Did the fuel tanker rebuild facility request a higher average cost per unit?’
    • ‘Another factor to consider is the high costs associated with repairing major appliances.’
    • ‘With budgets tight, people are choosing to cut extra costs in order to save.’
    • ‘They've had to work 10 % harder to raise funds to cover increased running costs.’
    price, asking price, market price, selling price, fee, tariff, fare, toll, levy, charge, hire charge, rental
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    1. 1.1The effort, loss, or sacrifice necessary to achieve or obtain something.
      ‘she averted a train accident at the cost of her life’
      • ‘Sometimes, early success is achieved at the cost of a child's childhood.’
      • ‘The use of quality criteria makes comparison of trials easier to understand, but at the cost of inevitable loss of accuracy.’
      • ‘Such a channel bonanza, however, may come at the cost of sacrificing channel capacity.’
      • ‘In addition, while conservative, this assumption is made at the cost of a great loss in power.’
      • ‘The stability of his government was achieved at the cost of an inability to introduce a crucial but divisive reform of the pension system.’
      • ‘This is especially the case in minimizing labor costs, which is often achieved at the cost of the rights of workers.’
      • ‘But in their own way they give him the best they can even at the cost of sacrificing things for themselves.’
      • ‘It's economic success has been achieved at the cost of considerable environmental degradation.’
      • ‘Of course we all want to see all possible diseases cured, but surely not at the cost of human sacrifice?’
      • ‘It can reduce the risks from these bugs, at the cost of modest effort on the part of the programmer.’
      • ‘In this situation entrepreneurs are said to achieve prosperity at the cost of human lives.’
      • ‘The worst off aren't helped if equality is achieved at the cost of them getting poorer.’
      • ‘Higher real wages were therefore achieved at the cost of tighter work discipline and an increase in the workload.’
      • ‘It has since clawed back market share, but only at the cost of sacrificing a good chunk of profit margin.’
      • ‘To wait until such a time as when you have complete understanding, at the cost of so many lives, is the failure of leadership.’
      • ‘Yet visual primacy is often at the cost of more effective aural forms of communication.’
      • ‘She did it twice and repaired the rigging, but at the cost of damage to herself.’
      • ‘The loss of drums and effects doesn't come at the cost of intensity; quite the reverse.’
      • ‘I only hope that my newly achieved rights and freedoms will not be at the cost of someone else's.’
      • ‘These give excellent levels of grip on tarmac and in mud, but this is at the cost of some tyre rumble and a slight loss of precision.’
      penalty, sacrifice, loss
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    2. 1.2costsLegal expenses, especially those allowed in favor of the winning party or against the losing party in a suit.
      • ‘costs may be awarded to a successful private prosecutor out of central funds’
      expenses, outgoings, disbursements, overheads, running costs, operating costs, fixed costs
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Phrases

    at cost
    • At cost price; without profit to the seller.

      ‘But for most retailers who essentially sell diapers at cost, the extra effort is more daunting - with no significant payoff.’
      • ‘The remaining property assets are still included in the balance sheet at cost or at existing use valuations that are more than a decade old.’
      • ‘The two units sell inventory back and forth at cost.’
      • ‘It was owned by the shareholders of its 11 funds and provided the administrative services to them at cost.’
      • ‘Property and equipment are stated at cost and depreciated using the straight-line method over estimated useful lives of 3 to 10 years.’
      • ‘It was painful to think about selling it at cost.’
      • ‘‘We're going to offer these carts at cost when we're done using them,’ said Jones.’
      • ‘More importantly, they own the investment manager, which operates at cost.’
      • ‘The second problem is that once you reach the level of success of a classic, selling at cost is no fun at all.’
      • ‘In contrast, many short term fixed rate deals available exclusively to new borrowers were sold at cost or even a slight loss.’
    cost someone dearly
    • Involve someone in a serious loss or a heavy penalty.

      • ‘they were really bad mistakes on my part and they cost us dearly’
    at all costs
    • Regardless of the price to be paid or the effort needed.

      ‘he was anxious to avoid war at all costs’
      • ‘Investors bailed out, fearing it had decided to take control of a US business at any cost in an effort to take its brand across the Atlantic.’
      • ‘It seems that their agenda is growth at any cost regardless of the wishes of the people.’
      • ‘Neutrality is a position of principle which should not be bartered at any cost or for any price.’
      • ‘He said the policy of the ministry is to keep the price of fuel low at all costs.’
      • ‘My case was not about justice, but about the government's determination to win at all costs.’
      • ‘No country can touch them in terms of talent but something was lost along the way - the drive for winning at all costs.’
      • ‘He is a sore loser who wants to win at all costs, always and everywhere.’
      • ‘It is more a reflection on the desire to win at all costs rather than an indictment of science.’
      • ‘The use of abusive language and mudslinging or character assassination should be avoided at any cost.’
      • ‘It made me realise that war was not to be entered into lightly, and, indeed, was to be avoided at all costs if at all possible.’

Origin

Middle English from Old French coust (noun), couster (verb), based on Latin constare ‘stand firm, stand at a price’.