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English definition of “operating cost”

operating cost

noun [C, usually plural]     ACCOUNTING
(also operating expense) a cost relating to producing a company's goods or services : cut/increase/reduce operating costs The company plans to cut operating costs by £1.2bn a year . Operating costs for marketing were incorporated into overall sales figures .
a cost involved in using a machine , piece of equipment , building , etc.: high/low operating costs The floodlight uses one of the most common lamp series in use, for greater availability at lower operating costs .
(Definition of operating cost noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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