verb (past and past participle cost)[with object]
- He suggested that the quality of the work was better than much of what was done in the private sector today costing large sums of money.
- She must dial a long distance number, which can cost great sums of money for extended Internet use.
- Some of these benefits cost significant sums of money to provide.
- The midweek loss cost the Celts second place in the table.
- In both away matches this season, Livi have sat in and invited attack, which duly cost them goals.
- It was the Hokies' only loss, and it cost them another shot at a national title.
- He did not want to consider the public tendencies then and he did the same thing now, two years afterwards, which cost him.
- There are too many things that cost and not enough stuff that doesn't cost you.
- I will never regret my decision to go public, even though it has cost me greatly in many ways.
- Has anyone costed the price of a unit of electricity?
- It's not costed into the price of our t-shirts.
- It has to be confiscation, not purchase, as the ‘retrieval’ was not costed, or any price quoted.
- She defended her decision to ask the students for the amount to cover the cost of repair.
- If this amount cannot cover the cost of the claim, then the balance is met out of the public purse.
- In many regions, the amount of cash payments for travel did not cover the cost of a monthly pass.
- Sometimes, early success is achieved at the cost of a child's childhood.
- The use of quality criteria makes comparison of trials easier to understand, but at the cost of inevitable loss of accuracy.
- Such a channel bonanza, however, may come at the cost of sacrificing channel capacity.
at all costs (or at any cost)
- Regardless of the price to be paid or the effort needed: he was anxious to avoid war at all costsMore example sentences
- Investors bailed out, fearing it had decided to take control of a US business at any cost in an effort to take its brand across the Atlantic.
- It seems that their agenda is growth at any cost regardless of the wishes of the people.
- Neutrality is a position of principle which should not be bartered at any cost or for any price.
- At cost price; without profit to the seller.Example sentences
- But for most retailers who essentially sell diapers at cost, the extra effort is more daunting - with no significant payoff.
- The remaining property assets are still included in the balance sheet at cost or at existing use valuations that are more than a decade old.
- The two units sell inventory back and forth at cost.
cost an arm and a leg
- see arm1.
cost someone dearly (or dear)
- Involve someone in a serious loss or a heavy penalty: they were really bad mistakes on my part and they cost us dearlyMore example sentences
- On paper they are a formidable outfit but poor decision making and a concession of penalties are costing them dearly.
- These extended redemption penalties can cost you dearly in the long run.
- His two losses in a row in the fifth and sixth rounds cost him dearly.
Middle English: from Old French coust (noun), couster (verb), based on Latin constare 'stand firm, stand at a price'.
This is from Old French couster, based on Latin constare ‘stand firm, stand at a price’.
Words that rhyme with costaccost, frost, lost, Prost, riposte
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