the total spent for goods or services including money and time and labor
monetary value, price, cost(noun)
the property of having material worth (often indicated by the amount of money something would bring if sold)
"the fluctuating monetary value of gold and silver"; "he puts a high price on his services"; "he couldn't calculate the cost of the collection"
price, cost, toll(verb)
value measured by what must be given or done or undergone to obtain something
"the cost in human life was enormous"; "the price of success is hard work"; "what price glory?"
be priced at
"These shoes cost $100"
require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice
"This mistake cost him his job"
a rib; a side; a region or coast
to require to be given, expended, or laid out therefor, as in barter, purchase, acquisition, etc.; to cause the cost, expenditure, relinquishment, or loss of; as, the ticket cost a dollar; the effort cost his life
to require to be borne or suffered; to cause
the amount paid, charged, or engaged to be paid, for anything bought or taken in barter; charge; expense; hence, whatever, as labor, self-denial, suffering, etc., is requisite to secure benefit
loss of any kind; detriment; pain; suffering
expenses incurred in litigation
Origin: [OF. coster, couster, F. coter, fr. L. constare to stand at, to cost; con- + stare to stand. See Stand, and cf. Constant.]
In production, research, retail, and accounting, a cost is the value of money that has been used up to produce something, and hence is not available for use anymore. In business, the cost may be one of acquisition, in which case the amount of money expended to acquire it is counted as cost. In this case, money is the input that is gone in order to acquire the thing. This acquisition cost may be the sum of the cost of production as incurred by the original producer, and further costs of transaction as incurred by the acquirer over and above the price paid to the producer. Usually, the price also includes a mark-up for profit over the cost of production. More generalized in the field of economics, cost is a metric that is totaling up as a result of a process or as a differential for the result of a decision. Hence cost is the metric used in the standard modeling paradigm applied to economic processes. Costs are often further described based on their timing or their applicability.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kost, v.t. to bring a certain price: to require to be laid out or suffered:—pa.t. and pa.p. cost.—n. what is laid out or suffered to obtain anything: (pl.) expenses of a lawsuit.—adj. Cost′-free, free of charge.—n. Cost′liness.—adv. Cost′ly, of great cost: high-priced: valuable.—Cost price, the price which the merchant pays.—Prime cost, the price of production, without regard to profit. [O. Fr. couster (Fr. coûter)—L. constāre, to stand at.]
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British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'cost' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #664
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'cost' in Written Corpus Frequency: #717
Rank popularity for the word 'cost' in Nouns Frequency: #106
Rank popularity for the word 'cost' in Verbs Frequency: #231
The numerical value of cost in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of cost in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
What some people mistake for the high cost of living is really the cost of high living.
There still is a fixed cost out there no matter what you do, so the incentive is to go out there and get the variable cost covered and eat into the fixed cost.
The fights I fought... cost a lot --the fight for the assault-weapons ban cost 20 members their seats in Congress. The NRA is the reason the Republicans control the House.
When you think about the cost of college, we focus many times, rightly so, on the cost of tuition, but we know that it’s much more than tuition. The students can tell you, it’s about the cost of living in your dorms or student housing, it’s about books and transportation.
Today, we are announcing an increase to our 2018 cost reduction target from 3.5 billion Swiss francs gross savings to at least 4.3 billion francs, driving our absolute operating cost base below 18 billion francs by 2018. For 2016, we aim to achieve 1.7 billion francs in cost savings.
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Translations for cost
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- ساوى, كلفةArabic
- загуби, струвам, ценаBulgarian
- preu, costar, costCatalan, Valencian
- cena, náklad, státCzech
- Ausgaben, Kosten, VerlustGerman
- αντίτιμο, δαπάνη, κάνω, στοιχίζω, κοστίζω, κόστος, τίμημα, τιμώμαιGreek
- costo, costarSpanish
- kostatu, kostuBasque
- hinta, maksaa, kustannusFinnish
- coût, coûter, fraisFrench
- prìs, cosg, cosgaisScottish Gaelic
- custo, custarGalician
- costo, costare, spesaItalian
- 掛かる, 費用, 費やす, 代償Japanese
- 비용, 들다Korean
- بهها, نرخKurdish
- consto, valeoLatin
- kaschtenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- maksa, cena, dārdzība, maksātLatvian
- kostnad, kosteNorwegian
- kost, kostenDutch
- kostnad, kosteNorwegian Nynorsk
- bą́ą́h ílį́Navajo, Navaho
- kosztować, cena, kosztPolish
- custo, custarPortuguese
- cuostair, custar, custairRomansh
- costa, preț, prețui, costRomanian
- цена́, сто́имость, затра́ты, расхо́ды, изде́ржки, сто́ить, себесто́имость, СтоимостьRussian
- costari, costai, costareSardinian
- kostnad, kostaSwedish
- gharimu, gharamaSwahili
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