Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can鈥檛 figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Idioms about cost

    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

First recorded in 1200鈥50; (verb) Middle English costen, from Anglo-French, Old French co(u)ster, from Latin const膩re 鈥渢o stand together, be settled, cost鈥; cf. constant; (noun) Middle English, from Anglo-French, Old French, noun derivative of the verb

synonym study for cost

1. See price.


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

Other definitions for cost (2 of 2)


variant of costo- before a vowel: costate.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 漏 Random House, Inc. 2023


What is a basic definition of聽cost?

Cost means a price that must be paid for something or a sacrifice. Cost is used as a verb to mean to require a payment or to cause the loss of something. Cost has several other senses as a noun and a verb.

Cost most often refers to a specific amount of money that a seller wants for the item they are selling. However, cost is also used more generally to mean whatever the price of an item is. If the price is high or expensive, it is said to be costly.

  • Real-life examples: A pack of gum may have a cost of $1. The cost of a college education is usually very high. When a store is having a sale, it usually lowers the cost of the things it sells.
  • Used in a sentence: The cost to repair the repair was unreasonably high.聽

Cost is also a sacrifice, loss, or damage.

  • Real-life examples: The cost of staying up all night is usually being tired the next day. The cost of eating too much is often a stomachache. The cost of driving too fast is often a speeding ticket and sometimes a car accident.
  • Used in a sentence: The demon offered him endless riches at the cost of his soul.聽

As a verb, cost means to require a payment in exchange for something, such as a service or a product. The payment can be money but also anything that has value.

  • Real-life examples: Stores will use price tags to tell customers how much items cost. A hotel in Monopoly costs four houses and some extra money. A parent may tell their child that a piece of cake costs a hug.
  • Used in a sentence: The new computer costs $800.聽

Cost is also used to mean to result in the loss of something or to cause to suffer something.

  • Real-life examples: Stress and a poor diet will cost a person their good health. Drunk driving will more than likely cost a person their driver鈥檚 license or worse. Succeeding at a job usually costs time and energy.
  • Used in a sentence: His obsession with getting revenge cost him his job and his family.

Where does聽cost come from?

The first records of cost come from around 1200. It ultimately comes from the Latin verb const膩re, meaning 鈥渢o stand together鈥 or 鈥渢o cost.鈥

Did you know ... ?

What are some other forms related to cost?

  • costly (adjective)
  • costless (adjective)
  • costlessness (noun)
  • recost (verb)

What are some synonyms for cost?

What are some words that share a root or word element with cost?聽

What are some words that often get used in discussing cost?

How is聽cost used in real life?

Cost is a very common word that often refers to the prices a person pays or the sacrifices that they make.

Try using聽cost!

Is cost used correctly in the following sentence?

Keshawn tried to bargain with the seller to lower the cost of the table he wanted.

How to use cost in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cost

/ (k蓲st) /

verb costs, costing or cost

Derived forms of cost

costless, adjective

Word Origin for cost

C13: from Old French (n), from coster to cost, from Latin const膩re to stand at, cost, from st膩re to stand
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with cost


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

The American Heritage庐 Idioms Dictionary Copyright 漏 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.