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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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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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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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