- 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.
Idioms about cost
Origin of cost
synonym study for cost
OTHER WORDS FROM costcostless, adjectivecost·less·ness, nounre·cost, verb (used with object), re·cost, re·cost·ing.
Other definitions for cost (2 of 2)
What is a basic definition of 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.
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.
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.
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’s 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 cost come from?
The first records of cost come from around 1200. It ultimately comes from the Latin verb constāre, meaning “to stand together” or “to cost.”
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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?
What are some words that often get used in discussing cost?
How is 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.
— Lydia Moynihan (@LJMoynihan) December 2, 2020
Knocked out some serious work last night but it cost me sleep #naptime
— Tyler Eifert (@tylereifert) May 4, 2011
Tax evaders & Money Launderers will be made to realise that they will have to pay a heavy cost for their deviant behaviour.
— Ministry of Finance (@FinMinIndia) April 7, 2017
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Is cost used correctly in the following sentence?
Keshawn tried to bargain with the seller to lower the cost of the table he wanted.
WORDS THAT USE COST-
What does cost- mean?
Cost- comes from the Latin costa, meaning “rib, side.” The word costa was borrowed directly into English as a term for a “rib,” among other senses. The Latin costa is also the source of the word coast. Explore more at our entry for coast.
Cost- is a variant of costo-, which loses its -o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels.
Want to know more? Read our Words That Use costo- article.
Examples of cost-
An example of a medical term that features the combining form cost- is costalgia, “pain in the ribs.”
The combining form cost- means “rib,” as we have seen. The second form –algia means “pain.” Costalgia literally translates to “rib pain.”
What are some words that use or are related to the combining form cost-?
What are some other forms that cost- may be commonly confused with?
The word cost, meaning “price,” is not related to the combining form cost- meaning “rib.” It comes from a different Latin root related to the word constant. Learn more at the first entry for cost and in our entry for constant.
How to use cost in a sentence
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.
Like him, they identified the Airbus A320 as an airplane extremely well fitted to low cost airline operations in Asia.
Malaysian-based entrepreneur Tony Fernandes has turned AirAsia into the most successful low cost airline in southeast Asia.
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
Mrs. Wurzel was quite right; they had been supplied, regardless of cost, from Messrs. Rochet and Stole's well-known establishment.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
They feel that the system has few advantages to offer in return for the cost it entails upon them.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
He became a doctor in two hours, and it only cost him twenty dollars to complete his education.
The estimated cost of the alterations is put at £16,000 including fittings.
A clock was put above the spot where the fountain stood, in April, 1852, which cost £60.
British Dictionary definitions for cost
- the amount paid for a commodity by its sellerto sell at cost
- (as modifier)the cost price
Derived forms of costcostless, adjective
Word Origin for cost
Other Idioms and Phrases with cost
see arm and a leg, cost an; at all costs; pretty penny, cost a.