- the price paid to acquire, produce, accomplish, or maintain anything: the high cost of a good meal.
- an outlay or expenditure of money, time, labor, trouble, etc.: What will the cost be to me?
- a sacrifice, loss, or penalty: to work at the cost of one's health.
- costs, Law.
- 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.
- to require the payment of (money or something else of value) in an exchange: That camera cost $200.
- to result in or entail the loss of: Carelessness costs lives.
- to cause to lose or suffer: The accident cost her a broken leg.
- to entail (effort or inconvenience): Courtesy costs little.
- to cause to pay or sacrifice: That request will cost us two weeks' extra work.
- to estimate or determine the cost of (manufactured articles, new processes, etc.): We have costed the manufacture of each item.
- to estimate or determine costs, as of manufacturing something.
- cost out, to calculate the cost of (a project, product, etc.) in advance: The firm that hired him just costed out a major construction project last month.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for costing
Our lawyer, Kia Kamran, declined his commission because he knew how much the tour was costing us.How Much Money Does a Band Really Make on Tour?
December 8, 2014
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
November 10, 2014
Almost 80 years ago, the controversy it raised came close to costing its composer his life.When Stalin Met Lady Macbeth
November 9, 2014
Synchronoss only got paid when a customer activated on AT&T, so each of those jailbreakers was costing Synchronoss money.NSA Chief Bet Money on AT&T as It Spied on You
November 4, 2014
“Peter Gelb is responsible for costing the mayor money that he could have used for pre-K program,” Wisenfeld said.Large Crowd Protests NYC Terrorism Opera
October 21, 2014
We're costing these ladies pounds and pounds already to get work for us, and they never will.Howards End
E. M. Forster
I made a mistake then that went mighty near to costing me my life.The Shame of Motley
Some of them are expensive, costing sixty or seventy dollars each.The Last Voyage
Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
I am quite grieved at the weariness and fatigue my affairs are costing you.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
On his return he broke his wagon, costing a dollar to repair it.Old Rail Fence Corners
- the price paid or required for acquiring, producing, or maintaining something, usually measured in money, time, or energy; expense or expenditure; outlay
- suffering or sacrifice; loss; penaltycount the cost to your health; I know to my cost
- the amount paid for a commodity by its sellerto sell at cost
- (as modifier)the cost price
- (plural) law the expenses of judicial proceedings
- at any cost or at all costs regardless of cost or sacrifice involved
- at the cost of at the expense of losing
- (tr) to be obtained or obtainable in exchange for (money or something equivalent); be priced atthe ride cost one pound
- to cause or require the expenditure, loss, or sacrifice (of)the accident cost him dearly
- to estimate the cost of (a product, process, etc) for the purposes of pricing, budgeting, control, etc
Word Origin and History for costing
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.)).