- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkɒst/
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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkɔst/
- (cot–caught merger, Canada) IPA(key): /ˈkɑst/
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- Rhymes: -ɒst
- (transitive, ditransitive) To incur a charge of; to require payment of a (specified) price.
- This shirt cost $50, while this was cheaper at only $30.
- It will cost you a lot of money to take a trip around the world.
- 1913, Mrs. [Marie] Belloc Lowndes, chapter I, in The Lodger, London: Methuen, OCLC 7780546; republished in Novels of Mystery: The Lodger; The Story of Ivy; What Really Happened, New York, N.Y.: Longmans, Green and Co., […], , OCLC 2666860, page 0016:
- Thus the red damask curtains which now shut out the fog-laden, drizzling atmosphere of the Marylebone Road, had cost a mere song, and yet they might have been warranted to last another thirty years. A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; […].
- (transitive, ditransitive) To cause something to be lost; to cause the expenditure or relinquishment of.
- Trying to rescue the man from the burning building cost them their lives.
- 2019 November 21, Samanth Subramanian, “How our home delivery habit reshaped the world”, in The Guardian:
- the packaging of home-delivered products now accounts for 30% of the solid rubbish the US generates annually, and the cardboard alone costs 1bn trees.
- To require to be borne or suffered; to cause.
- 1977, Star Wars
- LUKE: "That little droid is going to cost me a lot of trouble."
- To calculate or estimate a price.
- I'd cost the repair work at a few thousand.
The past tense and past participle is cost in the sense of "this computer cost me £600", but costed in the sense of 'calculated', "the project was costed at $1 million."
- Amount of money, time, etc. that is required or used.
- 2013 June 8, “Obama goes troll-hunting”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 55:
- According to this saga of intellectual-property misanthropy, these creatures [patent trolls] roam the business world, buying up patents and then using them to demand extravagant payouts from companies they accuse of infringing them. Often, their victims pay up rather than face the costs of a legal battle.
- The total cost of the new complex was an estimated $1.5 million.
- We have to cut costs if we want to avoid bankruptcy.
- The average cost of a new house is twice as much as it was 20 years ago.
- A negative consequence or loss that occurs or is required to occur.
- Spending all your time working may earn you a lot of money at the cost of your health.
- The army won the battle decisively, but at a cost of many lives.
- accounting cost
- appraisal cost
- at the cost of
- carbon cost
- closing cost
- come at a cost
- contingency cost
- cost-benefit analysis
- cost dear
- cost mark
- cost of goods sold
- cost oil
- cost-push inflation
- direct cost
- dollar cost averaging
- fixed cost
- flotation cost
- flyaway cost
- indirect cost
- landed cost
- low cost carrier
- marginal cost
- marginal cost of capital
- menu cost
- negative cost
- opportunity cost
- prime cost
- private cost
- sunk cost
- ultra low cost carrier
- unexpired cost
- unit cost
- variable cost
- weighted-average cost of capital
- wellhead cost
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From Middle English cost, from Old English cost (“option, choice, possibility, manner, way, condition”), from Old Norse kostr (“choice, opportunity, chance, condition, state, quality”), from Proto-Germanic *kustuz (“choice, trial”) (or Proto-Germanic *kustiz (“choice, trial”)), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵéwstus (“to enjoy, taste”).
Cognate with Icelandic kostur, German dialectal Kust (“taste, flavour”), Dutch kust (“choice, choosing”), North Frisian kest (“choice, estimation, virtue”), West Frisian kêst (“article of law, statute”), Old English cyst (“free-will, choice, election, the best of anything, the choicest, picked host, moral excellence, virtue, goodness, generosity, munificence”), Latin gustus (“taste”). Related to choose. Doublet of gusto.
cost (plural costs)
- (obsolete) Manner; way; means; available course; contrivance.
- Quality; condition; property; value; worth; a wont or habit; disposition; nature; kind; characteristic.
cost (plural costs)
- (obsolete) A rib; a side.
- (heraldry) A cottise.
cost m (genitive singular cost, plural costyn)
- charge (monetary)
Akin to Old Saxon kostōn (“to try, tempt”), Old High German kostōn (“to taste, test, try by tasting”) (German kosten), Icelandic kosta (“to try, tempt”), Gothic 𐌺𐌿𐍃𐍄𐌿𐍃 (kustus, “test”), Old English cystan (“to spend, get the value of, procure”), Old English cyst (“proof, test, trial; choice”), ċēosan (“to choose”).
- cost; financial outlay
cost n (uncountable)
cost m or f (plural costau)
|Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.|
- R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present), “cost”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies