cost noun (MONEY SPENT)
When you buy a new computer, you usually get software included at no extra cost (= for no additional money).
The supermarket chain announced that it was cutting the cost (= reducing the price) of all its fresh and frozen meat.
costs [ plural ]
- Whether or not we go to Spain for our holiday depends on the cost.
- Do you agree with the principle that everyone should pay something towards the cost of healthcare?
- The average cost of a new house has gone up by 5 percent to £76 500.
- Their estimate of the cost of the project was wildly inaccurate.
- My main concern about moving to London is the cost of housing.
cost noun (SOMETHING LOST/GIVEN)
We were going to paint the house ourselves, but when we considered the cost in time and effort, we decided to get a painter to do it for us.
The driver managed not to hit the child who ran in front of his car, but only at the cost of injuring himself.
She has finally got the job she wanted, but at great personal cost (= she has had to give up other things that were important to her).
- I didn't read the contract fully before I signed it but I'm counting the cost now.
- Victory in the war was achieved at the cost of great human suffering.
- He tried to fight for justice, but in the end the personal cost was too high.
- She supported the refugees at great personal cost.
- I discovered to my cost that he was a violent man.
costverb [ T ]uk /kɒst/ us /kɑːst/
cost verb [ T ] (MONEY)
"How much does this book cost?" "It costs £25."
- "How much will the trip cost?" "No more than £40."
- Smaller cars have better mileage and so cost less to run.
- The repairs to our car cost much more than we were expecting.
- These shoes only cost £20.
- The projected extension to the motorway near London is going to cost over £4 million.
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cost verb [ T ] (DESTROY)
- Alcoholism cost me my job, my health and finally my family.
- Many of the fans believe that the omission of Heacock from the team cost England the match.
- Ireland squandered several chances, including a penalty that cost them the game.
- They won the war, although it cost them millions of lives.
- Writing the book cost me my job and my marriage.