- the price paid to acquire, produce, accomplish, or maintain anything: the high cost of a good meal.
- an outlay or expenditure of money, time, labor, trouble, etc.: What will the cost be to me?
- a sacrifice, loss, or penalty: to work at the cost of one's health.
- costs, Law.
- money allowed to a successful party in a lawsuit in compensation for legal expenses incurred, chargeable to the unsuccessful party.
- money due to a court or one of its officers for services in a cause.
- to require the payment of (money or something else of value) in an exchange: That camera cost $200.
- to result in or entail the loss of: Carelessness costs lives.
- to cause to lose or suffer: The accident cost her a broken leg.
- to entail (effort or inconvenience): Courtesy costs little.
- to cause to pay or sacrifice: That request will cost us two weeks' extra work.
- to estimate or determine the cost of (manufactured articles, new processes, etc.): We have costed the manufacture of each item.
- to estimate or determine costs, as of manufacturing something.
- cost out, to calculate the cost of (a project, product, etc.) in advance: The firm that hired him just costed out a major construction project last month.
- at all costs, regardless of the effort involved; by any means necessary: The stolen painting must be recovered at all costs.Also at any cost.
Origin of cost
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- variant of costo- before a vowel: costate.
Examples from the Web for cost
Using standard methods, the cost of printing DNA could run upwards of a billion dollars or more, depending on the strand.Design Your Own Dinosaur: The Era of Custom DNA
January 8, 2015
“The sensation these objects presented receded as their cost increased,” notes Rabinowitz.How Pulp Fiction Saved Literature
January 8, 2015
But the F-35 has been plagued with massive delays and cost overruns—mostly due to design defects and software issues.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019
December 31, 2014
It cost several thousand dollars and a high-powered former district attorney to get the charges dropped.What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?
December 30, 2014
And that realization comes at the cost of severe, public embarrassment for many, including the victim/proposed.Public Marriage Proposals Must Die
December 28, 2014
It'll cost him more than he'll ever get from my miserly uncle to repair it.Brave and Bold
But the result was achieved only at a cost which the little party could ill sustain.Explorations in Australia
It was easily done, and without any cost or sacrifice of principle.
We wish nothing that can be had only at the cost of another people.
I'll take no money out of a thing that cost Allister's death.Way of the Lawless
- the price paid or required for acquiring, producing, or maintaining something, usually measured in money, time, or energy; expense or expenditure; outlay
- suffering or sacrifice; loss; penaltycount the cost to your health; I know to my cost
- the amount paid for a commodity by its sellerto sell at cost
- (as modifier)the cost price
- (plural) law the expenses of judicial proceedings
- at any cost or at all costs regardless of cost or sacrifice involved
- at the cost of at the expense of losing
- (tr) to be obtained or obtainable in exchange for (money or something equivalent); be priced atthe ride cost one pound
- to cause or require the expenditure, loss, or sacrifice (of)the accident cost him dearly
- to estimate the cost of (a product, process, etc) for the purposes of pricing, budgeting, control, etc
Word Origin and History for cost
c.1200, from Old French cost (12c., Modern French coût) "cost, outlay, expenditure; hardship, trouble," from Vulgar Latin *costare, from Latin constare, literally "to stand at" (or with), with a wide range of figurative senses including "to cost." The idiom is the same one used in Modern English when someone says something "stands at X dollars" to mean it sells for X dollars. The Latin word is from com- "with" (see com-) + stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).
late 14c., from Old French coster (Modern French coûter) "to cost," from cost (see cost (n.)).