see also: Cost
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈkɒst/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈkɔst/
  • (cot-caught, Canada) IPA: /ˈkɑst/

cost (costs, present participle costing; past and past participle cost)

  1. To incur a charge of; to require payment of a (specified) price.
    This shirt cost $50, while this was cheaper at only $30.
    It will cost you a lot of money to take a trip around the world.
    • 1913, Mrs. [Marie] Belloc Lowndes, chapter I, in The Lodger, London: Methuen, OCLC 7780546 ↗; republished in Novels of Mystery: The Lodger; The Story of Ivy; What Really Happened, New York, N.Y.: Longmans, Green and Co., […], [1933], OCLC 2666860 ↗, page 0016 ↗:
      Thus the red damask curtains which now shut out the fog-laden, drizzling atmosphere of the Marylebone Road, had cost a mere song, and yet they might have been warranted to last another thirty years. A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; […].
  2. To cause something to be lost; to cause the expenditure or relinquishment of.
    Trying to rescue the man from the burning building cost them their lives.
    • RQ
  3. To require to be borne or suffered; to cause.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 1”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      to do him wanton rites, which cost them woe
    • 1977, Star Wars
      LUKE: "That little droid is going to cost me a lot of trouble."
  4. To calculate or estimate a price.
    I'd cost the repair work at a few thousand.
Translations Translations Noun


  1. Amount of money, time, etc. that is required or used.
    The total cost of the new complex was an estimated $1.5 million.
    We have to cut costs if we want to avoid bankruptcy.
    The average cost of a new house is twice as much as it was 20 years ago.
  2. A negative consequence or loss that occurs or is required to occur.
    Spending all your time working may earn you a lot of money at the cost of your health.
    The army won the battle decisively, but at a cost of many lives.
Translations Translations Noun

cost (plural costs)

  1. (obsolete) Manner; way; means; available course; contrivance.
    • This word "graved image" betokenneth, needs cost,.. a feigned graved image.
  2. Quality; condition; property; value; worth; a wont or habit; disposition; nature; kind; characteristic.
Related terms Noun

cost (plural costs)

  1. (obsolete) A rib; a side.
    • 1625, Ben Jonson, The Staple of News
      betwixt the costs of a ship
  2. (heraldry) A cottise.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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