1 the price paid or required for acquiring, producing, or maintaining something, usually measured in money, time, or energy; expense or expenditure; outlay
2 suffering or sacrifice; loss; penalty
count the cost to your health, I know to my cost
a the amount paid for a commodity by its seller
to sell at cost
b (as modifier)
the cost price
4 pl (Law) the expenses of judicial proceedings
at any cost or at all costs regardless of cost or sacrifice involved
at the cost of at the expense of losing
vb , costs, costing, cost
7 tr to be obtained or obtainable in exchange for (money or something equivalent); be priced at
the ride cost one pound
8 to cause or require the expenditure, loss, or sacrifice (of)
the accident cost him dearly
9 to estimate the cost of (a product, process, etc.) for the purposes of pricing, budgeting, control, etc.
(C13: from Old French (n), from coster to cost, from Latin constare to stand at, cost, from stare to stand)
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