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cost

verb [T]     /kɒst/
(cost, cost) if something costs a particular amount of money , you have to pay that amount in order to buy or have it: cost $1 million/£500,000, etc. Calls cost 60 cents per minute .cost sb $1 million/£500,00, etc. Deregulation allowed the company to fix electricity prices , costing consumers billions of dollars .cost more/less than Stamp duty is up to 3% on properties costing more than £250,000.cost about/around/up to luxury apartments costing up to £900,000 eachbe expected/estimated to cost The project , which was originally expected to cost $1 billion , is now estimated at $1.8 billion cost as little/much as Hundreds of items , some costing as little as $1, are for sale .
if something costs you your job , an opportunity , etc. it prevents you from keeping or having it: The airline folded , costing 3.000 jobs .cost sb sth Problems with our suppliers could cost us the opportunity to grow our business .
(costed) ACCOUNTING to calculate the price of something or to decide how much it will cost: Has the project been costed yet ?cost sth at The new rail line was costed at £150 billion .
cost (sb) a fortune/a bomb/the earth informal to be very expensive : The court case will cost the company a fortune .
(Definition of cost verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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