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verb [transitive] cost pronunciation in American English /kɔst/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecosting
past tensecost
past participlecost
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  1. 1
    if something costs an amount of money, that amount is needed in order to buy it, pay for it, or do it
    A new computer costs between $500 and $3,000.
    cost someone something: Unemployment costs the taxpayer billions each year.
    cost something per minute/hour/year etc.: Calls cost 36 cents per minute.
    cost something per person/head/adult etc.: Dinner cost $35 per person including wine.
    cost something to do something: How much does it cost to rent a bike?
  2. 2
    to cause someone to lose something good or valuable
    The merger will cost jobs.
    cost someone something: His decision to take the car cost him his life.
    cost someone dearly (=cause a serious loss): We made two mistakes that cost us dearly.
  3. 3



    cost out

    past tensecosted
    past participlecosted
    to calculate exactly how much something will cost
    All your proposals must be costed before we can consider them.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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