[kaws-ting, kos-]
noun Chiefly British. Unabridged


[kawst, kost]
the price paid to acquire, produce, accomplish, or maintain anything: the high cost of a good meal.
an outlay or expenditure of money, time, labor, trouble, etc.: What will the cost be to me?
a sacrifice, loss, or penalty: to work at the cost of one's health.
costs, Law.
money allowed to a successful party in a lawsuit in compensation for legal expenses incurred, chargeable to the unsuccessful party.
money due to a court or one of its officers for services in a cause.
verb (used with object), cost or for 10, costed; costing.
to require the payment of (money or something else of value) in an exchange: That camera cost $200.
to result in or entail the loss of: Carelessness costs lives.
to cause to lose or suffer: The accident cost her a broken leg.
to entail (effort or inconvenience): Courtesy costs little.
to cause to pay or sacrifice: That request will cost us two weeks' extra work.
to estimate or determine the cost of (manufactured articles, new processes, etc.): We have costed the manufacture of each item.
verb (used without object), costed or cost; costing.
to estimate or determine costs, as of manufacturing something.
Verb phrases, past and past participle costed or cost; present participle costing.
cost out, to calculate the cost of (a project, product, etc.) in advance: The firm that hired him just costed out a major construction project last month.
at all costs, regardless of the effort involved; by any means necessary: The stolen painting must be recovered at all costs. Also, at any cost.

1200–50; (v.) Middle English costen < Anglo-French, Old French co(u)ster < Latin constāre to stand together, be settled, cost; cf. constant; (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French, noun derivative of the v.

costless, adjective
costlessness, noun
recost, verb (used with object), recost, recosting.

1. charge, expense, expenditure, outlay. See price. 3. detriment. Unabridged
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cost (kɒst)
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
3.  a.  the amount paid for a commodity by its seller: to sell at cost
 b.  (as modifier): the cost price
4.  (plural) law the expenses of judicial proceedings
5.  at any cost, at all costs regardless of cost or sacrifice involved
6.  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 constāre to stand at, cost, from stāre to stand]

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, from O.Fr. coster, from V.L. *costare, from L. constare "to stand at" (or with), from com- "with" + stare "to stand," from PIE base *sta- "to stand" (see stet). The idiom is the same one we use in Mod.E. when we say something "stands at X dollars" to mean it sells for
X dollars. Cost effective (also cost effective) attested from 1967.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
The giants clogged fishing nets and poisoned potential catches with their toxic
  stings, costing coastal fishers billions of yen.
Hot fusion is more likely to succeed, but it will be a decades-long quest
  costing billions of dollars.
If you're being reimbursed, it's not costing you anything.
The only thing this program is doing is costing more money in the long run.
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