[kɒst] noun I
1) [C/U] the amount of money that you need in order to buy something or to do something
The cost of basic foods has risen dramatically.[/ex]
We need money to cover the cost of heating (= to have enough to pay for it).[/ex]
We're organizing a trip to London, at a cost of £15 per person.[/ex]
2) [C/U] damage or loss
A new road is needed, but the costs to the environment would be too high.[/ex]
the social costs of unemployment[/ex]
3) costs
[plural] money that you have to spend regularly in order to live somewhere or to run a business
Housing costs are very high in Tokyo.[/ex]
manufacturing/running/operating costs[/ex]
New technology has helped us to cut costs (= reduce them).[/ex]
4) costs
[plural] legal money that someone who is involved in a legal case must give to pay for the lawyers and the court
at all costs; at any cost — used for saying that something must be done, even if it causes damage or harm[/ex]
the cost of living — the amount of money that people need in order to pay for basic things such as food and a place to live[/ex]
to your cost — if you know something to your cost, you know that it is true because of a bad experience[/ex]
count I
Words often used with cost Verbs often used with cost (noun, sense 1) ■ bear, cover, pay + COST: pay the cost of something ■ cut, reduce, slash + COST: make the cost of something lower ■ drive up, increase, push up + COST: make the cost of something greater ■ offset, recoup, recover + COST: get back money that you paid II
(past tense past participle cost) verb [T]
cost */*/*/[kɒst]
1) if something costs an amount of money, you need that amount to pay for it or to do it
A new computer costs around £1, 000.[/ex]
Unemployment costs the taxpayer billions of pounds each year.[/ex]
How much does it cost to hire a bike?[/ex]
2) to cause someone to lose something good or valuable
The merger of the two companies will cost jobs.[/ex]
His decision to take the car cost him his life.[/ex]
3) (past tense and past participle costed) to calculate how much something will cost
We have costed our proposals and sent them to the committee.[/ex]
cost a fortune; cost the earth; cost an arm and a leginformalto cost a lot of money[/ex]

Dictionary for writing and speaking English. 2014.

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