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English definition of “cost”

cost

verb [T] (DESTROY)    /kɒst/ US  /kɑːst/ (cost, cost)
B2 to cause someone to lose or destroy something valuable : Drinking and driving costs lives (= can cause accidents in which people die ). [+ two objects] His affairs cost him his marriage (= his marriage ended because of them).Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing
(Definition of cost verb (DESTROY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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