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cost of living

noun
1.
the average cost of food, clothing, and other necessary or usual goods and services paid by a person, family, etc., or considered as a standard by the members of a group.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900
Related forms
cost-of-living, adjective
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  • Low cost of living, small country with lots to see and easy living.
  • We live comfortably but not luxuriously in a high cost of living state.
  • The state's reasonable cost of living, he adds, makes it possible for many residents to live comfortably on lower salaries.
  • Reasons include low cost of living, climate, friendly residents and good medical care.
  • We are not located in a major urban center, which means our cost of living is low.
  • Costs are constantly increasing for higher education more that any index of cost of living and inflation.
  • Instead of having to take politically risky votes on salary hikes, they pegged their pay to the city's cost of living.
  • Consider cost of living expenses, as well as tuition, when choosing a school.
  • cost of living is high, there are many hidden taxes, and real wages have been stagnating.
  • The influx of well-paid expatriates who drive up the cost of living can cause tensions with the local population.
British Dictionary definitions for cost of living

cost of living

noun
1.
  1. the basic cost of the food, clothing, shelter, and fuel necessary to maintain life, esp at a standard regarded as basic or minimal
  2. (as modifier): the cost-of-living index
2.
the average expenditure of a person or family in a given period
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cost of living in Culture

cost of living definition


The average cost of the basic necessities of life, including food, shelter, and clothing.

Note: In the United States, the cost of living is monitored in the consumer price index (formerly called the cost-of-living index), published monthly by the federal government.
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