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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 billioncost 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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