verb (past and past participle cost)[with object]
- 1(Of an object or an action) require the payment of (a specified sum of money) before it can be acquired or done: each issue of the magazine costs $2.25More 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.
- 1.1Cause the loss of: driving at more than double the speed limit cost the woman her driving licenseMore 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.
- 1.2 • informal Be expensive for (someone): if you want to own an island, it’ll cost youMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2 (past and past participle costed) Estimate the price of: it is their job to plan and cost a media schedule for the campaignMore 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.
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- 1An amount that has to be paid or spent to buy or obtain something: we are able to cover the cost of the event health care costs the tunnel has been built at no cost to the stateMore example sentences
price, asking price, market price, selling price, unit price, fee, tariff, fare, toll, levy, charge, rental; value, valuation, quotation, rate, worth• informal, • humorous damagedisbursements, overheads, running costs, operating costs, fixed costs; expenditure, spending, outlay
- 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.
- 1.1The effort, loss, or sacrifice necessary to achieve or obtain something: she averted a train accident at the cost of her lifeMore example sentences
- 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.More 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'.