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  1. cost of livingnoun

    average cost of basic necessities of life (as food and shelter and clothing)

    "a rise in the cost of living reflects the rate of inflation"


  1. cost of livingnoun

    The average cost of a standard set of basic necessities of life, especially of food, shelter and clothing


  1. Cost of living

    Cost of living is the cost of maintaining a certain standard of living. Changes in the cost of living over time can be operationalized in a cost-of-living index. Cost of living calculations are also used to compare the cost of maintaining a certain standard of living in different geographic areas. Differences in cost of living between locations can be measured in terms of purchasing power parity rates.


  1. cost of living

    Cost of living refers to the amount of money an individual or household needs to maintain a certain standard of living in a particular location. It includes necessary expenses such as housing, food, taxes, healthcare, education, utilities, and transportation. The cost of living is often used to compare how expensive it is to live in one city or country versus another.


  1. Cost of Living

    "Cost of Living" is the name of the 120th episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The 20th episode of the fifth season.

Editors Contribution

  1. cost of living

    The amount of money required to sustain a certain and specific standard of living.

    At present the cost of living is specific in each country, as we move forward and have a planetary currency the plan is it is going to be equal and identical in each country.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 22, 2021  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cost of living in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cost of living in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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