Idioms

    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

1200–50; (v.) Middle English costen < Anglo-French, Old French co(u)ster < Latin constāre to stand together, be settled, cost; cf. constant; (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French, noun derivative of the v.

Related forms

cost·less, adjectivecost·less·ness, nounre·cost, verb (used with object), re·cost, re·cost·ing.

Definition for cost (2 of 2)

cost-


variant of costo- before a vowel: costate.
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British Dictionary definitions for cost

cost

/ (kɒst) /

noun

verb costs, costing or cost

Derived Forms

costless, adjective

Word Origin for cost

C13: from Old French (n), from coster to cost, from Latin constāre to stand at, cost, from stāre to stand
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Idioms and Phrases with cost

cost


see arm and a leg, cost an; at all costs; pretty penny, cost a.

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