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Definition of "cost" []

  • An amount paid or required in payment for a purchase; a price. (noun)
  • The expenditure of something, such as time or labor, necessary for the attainment of a goal: "Freedom to advocate unpopular causes does not require that such advocacy be without cost” ( Milton Friedman). (noun)
  • Law The charges fixed for litigation, often payable by the losing party. (noun)
  • To require a specified payment, expenditure, effort, or loss: It costs more to live in the city. (verb-intransitive)
  • To have as a price. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cost" in a sentence
  • "VIEW FAVORITES yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'U.S. Medicare contract reform plan needs work: GAO'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Implementing the changes will cost $666 million -- that big sucking sound you hear is the $$cost$$ of more BUSH lies.'"
  • "Implementing the changes will cost $666 million -- that big sucking sound you hear is the $$cost$$ of more BUSH lies."
  • "The main reason was the sharp drop in oil prices and me steady growth in Brazil's domestic petroleum production, e.g., about 212 million barrels in 1988 at an estimated cost of $20 per barrel versus an “estimated cost” of alcohol of $45 per barrel according to Young (1989)."