the price paid to acquire, produce, accomplish, or maintain anything:
the high cost of a good meal.
an outlay or expenditure of money, time, labor, trouble, etc.:
What will the cost be to me?
a sacrifice, loss, or penalty:
to work at the cost of one’s health.
money allowed to a successful party in a lawsuit in compensation for legal expenses incurred, chargeable to the unsuccessful party.
money due to a court or one of its officers for services in a cause.
to require the payment of (money or something else of value) in an exchange:
That camera cost $200.
to result in or entail the loss of:
Carelessness costs lives.
to cause to lose or suffer:
The accident cost her a broken leg.
to entail (effort or inconvenience):
Courtesy costs little.
to cause to pay or sacrifice:
That request will cost us two weeks’ extra work.
to estimate or determine the cost of (manufactured articles, new processes, etc.):
We have costed the manufacture of each item.
to estimate or determine costs, as of manufacturing something.
cost out, to calculate the cost of (a project, product, etc.) in advance:
The firm that hired him just costed out a major construction project last month.
at all costs, regardless of the effort involved; by any means necessary:
The stolen painting must be recovered at all costs.
Also, at any cost.
the price paid or required for acquiring, producing, or maintaining something, usually measured in money, time, or energy; expense or expenditure; outlay
suffering or sacrifice; loss; penalty: count the cost to your health, I know to my cost
the amount paid for a commodity by its seller: to sell at cost
(as modifier): the cost price
(pl) (law) the expenses of judicial proceedings
at any cost, at all costs, regardless of cost or sacrifice involved
at the cost of, at the expense of losing
verb costs, costing, cost
(transitive) to be obtained or obtainable in exchange for (money or something equivalent); be priced at: the ride cost one pound
to cause or require the expenditure, loss, or sacrifice (of): the accident cost him dearly
to estimate the cost of (a product, process, etc) for the purposes of pricing, budgeting, control, etc
c.1200, from Old French cost (12c., Modern French coût) “cost, outlay, expenditure; hardship, trouble,” from Vulgar Latin *costare, from Latin constare, literally “to stand at” (or with), with a wide range of figurative senses including “to cost.” The idiom is the same one used in Modern English when someone says something “stands at X dollars” to mean it sells for X dollars. The Latin word is from com- “with” (see com-) + stare “to stand,” from PIE root *sta- “to stand” (see stet).
late 14c., from Old French coster (Modern French coûter) “to cost,” from cost (see cost (n.)).
arm and a leg, cost an
at all costs
pretty penny, cost a
- At close range
Very nearby, as in At close range, the rock band was unbearably loud. Derived from shooting—range denotes the distance that missile or projectile can be made to travel—this expression soon came to mean anything in close proximity.
- At cross purposes
an opposing or contrary purpose. at cross-purposes, in a way that involves or produces mutual misunderstanding or frustration, usually unintentionally. noun a contrary aim or purpose at cross-purposes, conflicting; opposed; disagreeing With aims or goals that conflict or interfere with one another, as in I’m afraid the two departments are working at cross purposes. This […]
an opposing or contrary purpose. at cross-purposes, in a way that involves or produces mutual misunderstanding or frustration, usually unintentionally. Historical Examples I am not prone on my green couch, frayed, frazzled, bowed-down in spirit from a day of frightful stress and cross-purpose. I, Mary MacLane Mary MacLane If we find every fact of life […]
the act of ; the end of life; the total and permanent cessation of all the vital functions of an organism. Compare . an instance of this: a death in the family; letters published after his death. the state of being dead: to lie still in death. extinction; destruction: It will mean the death of […]