Meaning of “cost” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun us uk /kɒst/
Extra Examples
the overall cost of the holidayThe cost of vaccination is nothing compared to the cost of treating the disease.One problem is the cost of housing in the area.The total cost of the work was $800.I'm trying to work out the total cost.
MONEY [ C, U ]

A2 the amount of money that you need to buy or do something:

The cruise ship was built at a cost of $400 million.
Software is included at no extra cost.
The cost of living (= the cost of food, clothes, etc) has increased.
SOMETHING GIVEN [ no plural ]

B2 something that you give or lose, in order to get or achieve something else:

He rescued four people at the cost of his own life.
at all costs

B2 If something must be done at all costs, it is very important that it is done:

We have to succeed at all costs.
to your cost UK

because of a bad experience you have had:

An ankle injury can last a long time, as I know to my cost.

(Definition of “cost noun” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)