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noun cost pronunciation in American English /kɔst/ 
Word Forms
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the amount of money that is needed in order to buy, pay for, or do something
    the cost of doing something:

    The cost of rebuilding the theater will be $13 million.

    at a cost of:

    We're organizing a trip to New York, at a cost of $300 per person.

    cost to:

    This scheme helps homeless people at no cost to the taxpayer.

    cover the cost of something (=be enough to pay for something):

    We need money to cover the cost of heating.

    cost of:

    A rise in interest rates will increase the cost of borrowing.

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    See also  cost of living
  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] damage or loss that is caused to something good or worth having
    cost of:

    the serious environmental costs of the new road network

    cost to:

    They decided to divorce, whatever the cost to their children.

    at a cost of:

    The plant closed down at a cost of over 1,000 jobs.

    the social/human costs of something:

    the social costs of unemployment

  3. 3


    [plural] money that an individual or organization must spend regularly on things like electricity, rent, and travel
    cut/reduce costs:

    New technology has helped us to cut costs.

    Higher fuel prices will lead to increased costs for car owners.

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    1. a.
      all the money that a business must spend to produce something or to provide a service

      At these prices, we are not even covering our costs.

      manufacturing costs

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    See also  operating costs
  4. 4


    [plural] legal money that someone involved in a court case must give in order to help to pay for the lawyers and the court, usually after they have lost the case

    He was ordered to pay a fine of $500 plus $250 costs.



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