- 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
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Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of cost
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 amount paid for a commodity by its sellerto sell at cost
- (as modifier)the cost price
verb costs, costing or cost
Word Origin 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.)).
see arm and a leg, cost an; at all costs; pretty penny, cost a.