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cost

noun  us   /kɔst, kɑst/

cost noun (MONEY)

[C/U] the amount of money needed to buy, do, or make something, or an amount spent for something: [C] Education costs continue to rise. [U] Most computers come with software included at no extra cost. [U] The area has both high-cost and low-cost housing. [C/U] law Costs is the money given to a person who wins a legal case to pay for the cost of taking the matter to a law court.

cost noun (SOMETHING GIVEN OR LOST)

[U] that which is given, needed, or lost in order to obtain something: The fire cost 14 people their lives.

cost

verb [T]  us   /kɔst/ (past tense and past participle cost)

cost verb [T] (PAY MONEY)

to need you to pay a particular amount of money in order for you to buy or do something: The trip will cost (you) $1000. It costs a lot to buy a house these days.

cost verb [T] (GIVE OR LOSE SOMETHING)

to be forced to give or lose something in order to obtain something: If you give him a chance to hit the ball, it could cost you the ballgame.
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