Definitions for costkɔst, kɒst

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

costkɔst, kɒst(n.; v.)cost; cost•ed, cost•ing.

  1. (n.)the price paid to acquire, produce, accomplish, or maintain anything.

  2. an outlay or expenditure of money, time, etc.

  3. a sacrifice, loss, or penalty:

    to work at the cost of one's health.

  4. costs, money awarded to a successful litigant for legal expenses, charged against the unsuccessful litigant.

    Category: Law

  5. (v.t.)to require the payment of (money or something else of value) in an exchange:

    That camera cost $200.

  6. to entail the loss or injury of:

    Carelessness costs lives.

  7. to entail (effort or inconvenience):

    Courtesy costs little.

  8. to cause to pay or sacrifice:

    That request will cost us extra work.

  9. to estimate or determine the cost of (manufactured articles, new processes, etc.).

  10. (v.i.)to estimate or determine costs, as of manufacturing something.

Idioms for cost:

  1. at all costs,regardless of the effort involved; by any means necessary.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of cost:

1200–50; ME < AF, OF co(u)ster < L constāre to stand together, be settled, cost

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cost(noun)

    the total spent for goods or services including money and time and labor

  2. 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"

  3. 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?"

  4. cost, be(verb)

    be priced at

    "These shoes cost $100"

  5. cost(verb)

    require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice

    "This mistake cost him his job"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. cost(noun)ɔst, kɒst

    the amount of money needed for sth

    The cost of housing has risen by 10%.; services provided at a cost of $800; the costs involved in running a business; the high cost of health care

  2. costɔst, kɒst

    provide payment for

    insurance that covers the cost of long hospital stays

  3. costɔst, kɒst

    the effort, suffering, or loss that doing sth involves

    the cost of freedom; The war continues at a cost of 1200 lives.

  4. costɔst, kɒst

    even if sth extremely difficult, bad, dangerous, etc. must be done

    Avoid the busy highways at all costs.; athletes who are determined to win at any cost

  5. costɔst, kɒst

    legal expenses

    He was ordered to pay costs.

  6. cost(verb)ɔst, kɒst

    (of an object or activity) to have a particular price

    flowers that cost $10 a bunch; How much will it cost me to take the train?

  7. costɔst, kɒst

    to be very expensive

  8. costɔst, kɒst

    to require sb to give up sth important

    His decision almost cost him his life.; behavior that cost her her job

  9. costɔst, kɒst

    to calculate the price of sth

    a fully costed design proposal

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cost(noun)

    a rib; a side; a region or coast

  2. Cost(noun)

    see Cottise

  3. Cost

    of Cost

  4. Cost(verb)

    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

  5. Cost(verb)

    to require to be borne or suffered; to cause

  6. Cost(verb)

    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

  7. Cost(verb)

    loss of any kind; detriment; pain; suffering

  8. Cost(verb)

    expenses incurred in litigation


  1. Cost

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cost' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #664

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cost' in Written Corpus Frequency: #717

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cost' in Nouns Frequency: #106

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cost' in Verbs Frequency: #231

Anagrams of cost

  1. COTS

  2. Scot

Translations for cost

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to be obtainable at a certain price

This jacket costs 75 dollars; The victory cost two thousand lives.

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