What does cost mean?

Definitions for costkɔst, kɒst

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word 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"

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

  9. Origin: [OF. coster, couster, F. coter, fr. L. constare to stand at, to cost; con- + stare to stand. See Stand, and cf. Constant.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cost

    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

  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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cost in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cost in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Richard Page:

    There is a cost.

  2. Evan Leedy:

    My first car cost $3,000.

  3. Major General Robert Walsh:

    Competition drives down cost.

  4. Carl Pastrone:

    It cost the booster club zero.

  5. Joel Pierre:

    The cost of living is too high.

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