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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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