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English definition of “cost”

cost

verb [T] (MONEY)    /kɒst/ US  /kɑːst/
A2 (cost, cost) If something costs an amount of money , you must pay that amount to buy or do it: "How much does this book cost?" "It costs £25." It costs a lot to buy a house in this part of London. [+ two objects] The trip will cost you $1,000.Costs and expenses (costed, costed) to calculate the future cost of something: How carefully did you cost the materials for the new fence and gate ? Has your plan been properly costed (out)?AccountingAssessing and estimating valueAnalysing and evaluating
(Definition of cost verb (MONEY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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