- 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.
verb (used with object), cost or for 10, cost·ed; cost·ing.
verb (used without object), cost·ed or cost; cost·ing.
Verb Phrases past and past participle cost·ed or cost; present participle cost·ing.
Origin of cost
Related formscost·less, adjectivecost·less·ness, nounre·cost, verb (used with object), re·cost, re·cost·ing.
Definition for cost (2 of 2)
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.
“The sensation these objects presented receded as their cost increased,” notes Rabinowitz.
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|Dave Majumdar|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It cost several thousand dollars and a high-powered former district attorney to get the charges dropped.
And that realization comes at the cost of severe, public embarrassment for many, including the victim/proposed.
Mr. R. M. Watts was the architect, and the cost of erecting and equipping the building, exclusive of books, was 3234.The City of Auckland|John Barr
It might cost five hundred pounds to find him, it might cost five thousand.My Strangest Case|Guy Boothby
In short, he accumulated all the information he could by which the cost of logging might be estimated.The Blazed Trail|Stewart Edward White
The cost of building churches and supporting ministers would thus have been unnecessary, but God does not do things in that way.With the Children on Sunday|Sylvanus Stall
The cost of some headings in the new red sandstone which the writer recently inspected, varied from 30s.
British Dictionary definitions for cost
- the amount paid for a commodity by its sellerto sell at cost
- (as modifier)the cost price
verb costs, costing or cost
Derived Formscostless, adjective
Word Origin for cost
Idioms and Phrases with cost
see arm and a leg, cost an; at all costs; pretty penny, cost a.