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Pronunciation: /kɔːst; kɒst/

Translation of cost in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (expense) (often plural/frecuentemente plural) costo (masculine) (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) , coste (masculine) (Spain/España) notional/operating costs costos or (Spain/España) costes probables/de explotación transportation/maintenance costs costos or (Spain/España) costes de transporte/mantenimiento at no additional o extra cost sin cargo adicional to cover (one's) costs cubrir* los gastos he has no idea of the cost of running a car no tiene idea de cuánto cuesta mantener un coche to cut costs reducir* (los) gastos to meet the cost(s) of sth correr con los gastos de algo
    Example sentences
    • These can include requirements such as security for costs from foreign plaintiffs, or the denial of legal aid.
    • The adjudication clause permits the Adjudicator to award costs to the winning party.
    • Accordingly, no profit costs should be allowed to the appellants for work done by their partnership.
    (costs plural)
    [Law/Derecho] costas (feminine plural) to pay costs pagar* las costas costs were awarded against the plaintiff las costas se impusieron al demandante costs were awarded to the plaintiff las costas se impusieron al demandado
    1.3 uncountable/no numerable (price) costo (masculine), coste (masculine) (Spain/España) at cost [Business/Comercio] a precio de costo or (Spain/España) coste, al costo (Latin America/América Latina)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 uncountable/no numerable (loss, sacrifice) at the cost of sth a costa or a expensas de algo he became president, but at a cost llegó a ser presidente, pero a qué precio she helped me out, at great cost to herself sacrificó mucho al ayudarme at little cost to yourself, you could help one of these orphans haciendo un pequeño sacrificio podrías ayudar a uno de estos huérfanos she devoted herself to the cause without stopping to count the cost se entregó a la causa sin detenerse a pensar en sí misma at all costs a toda costa, a cualquier precio it must be avoided at all costs hay que evitarlo a toda costa or a cualquier precio or cueste lo que cueste he's very convincing, as I know to my cost es muy persuasivo, como sé por experiencia propia

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado cost)

  • 1 1.1 [article/service] costar* how much did it cost you? ¿cuánto te costó? how much does it cost? ¿cuánto cuesta?, ¿cuánto vale? it'll cost you! [colloquial/familiar] ¡mira que te va a salir caro! that costs money eso cuesta dinero keeping fit costs both time and effort mantenerse en forma cuesta tiempo y esfuerzo 1.2 (cause to lose) costar* one slip cost him the title un error le costó el título his frankness cost him dear pagó cara su franqueza
  • 2
    (past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado costed)
    2.1 (calculate cost of) calcular el costo or (Spain/España) coste de she costed the project hizo un presupuesto para el proyecto 2.2 (find out price of) averiguar* el precio de he costed the different types of engines averiguó los precios de los distintos tipos de motores

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