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American English: /kɔst/
British English: /kɒst/

Translation of cost in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (expense) (often plural)
    costo (masculine) (esp Latin America)
    notional/operating costs
    costos probables/de explotación
    costes probables/de explotación (Spain)
    transportation/maintenance costs
    costos de transporte/mantenimiento
    costes de transporte/mantenimiento (Spain)
    at no additional or extra cost to cover (one's) costs 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 something
    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.
    also: costs plural
    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 (price) at cost (Business)
    a precio de costo
    a precio de coste (Spain)
    al costo (Latin America)
    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 (loss, sacrifice) at the cost of something
    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 past tense & past participle cost

  • 1 1.1
    how much did it cost you?
    ¿cuánto te costó?
    how much does it cost?
    ¿cuánto cuesta?
    ¿cuánto vale?
    it'll cost you! [colloquial]
    ¡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
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2 (cause to lose) one slip cost him the title
    un error le costó el título
    his frankness cost him dear
    pagó cara su franqueza
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2
    past tense & past participle costed
    2.1 (calculate cost of)
    calcular el costo de
    calcular el coste de (Spain)
    she costed the project
    hizo un presupuesto para el proyecto
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    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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