noun Chiefly British.
- 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
Synonyms for cost
Examples from the Web for costing
Our lawyer, Kia Kamran, declined his commission because he knew how much the tour was costing us.
And the support of prisons and prisoners is costing taxpayers as much as $74 billion a year.Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On|Tina Brown|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Almost 80 years ago, the controversy it raised came close to costing its composer his life.
Synchronoss only got paid when a customer activated on AT&T, so each of those jailbreakers was costing Synchronoss money.
“Peter Gelb is responsible for costing the mayor money that he could have used for pre-K program,” Wisenfeld said.
Ore in that condition did not handle easily, taking up time and costing considerably more to handle than when dry.The Iron Boys on the Ore Boats|James R. Mears
Mr. Polteed reported nothing, except that his watch went on—costing a lot of money.The Forsyte Saga, Complete|John Galsworthy
The round open glass, the size of a half dollar, and costing the same, serves every needful purpose.Talks about Flowers.|M. D. Wellcome
The labor cost of making the forms was high, for such simple and heavy work, costing $10 per M. of lumber placed each day.Concrete Construction|Halbert P. Gillette
“You can also render me a service, without its costing you any thing,” said Renzo.The Betrothed|Alessandro Manzoni
- 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.