- The definition of cost is the amount paid for something or the expense of doing something.
An example of a cost is $3 for a half gallon of milk.
- Cost is defined as to be priced at something or to lose.
- An example of cost is for a loaf of bread to be priced at $3.
- An example of cost is to give up your freedom to give freedom to another person.
transitive verb, cost′ing
- : orig. construed as a vi. with the apparent object an adverbial adjunct, and still felt as a vi. when used with an adverb: it cost him dearly
- to be obtained or obtainable for (a certain price); be priced at
- to cause or require the expenditure, loss, or experience of: victory cost him his health
- cost′ed, cost′ingBusiness to estimate the cost of making, producing, carrying out, etc.: said as of a product or program: often with out
Origin of costMiddle English costen from Old French coster from Medieval Latin costare from Classical Latin constare, to stand together, stand at, cost from com-, together + stare, to stand
- the amount of money, etc. asked or paid for a thing; price
- the amount spent in producing or manufacturing a commodity
- the amount paid for something by a dealer, contractor, etc.: a markup is usually added to arrive at a selling price: stoves sold at cost in a special sale
- the amount of money, time, effort, etc. required to achieve an end
- loss, sacrifice; detriment: to smoke at the cost of one's health
- [pl.]Law the expenses of a lawsuit, esp. those assessed by the court against the losing party
at all costs
- An amount paid or required in payment for a purchase; a price.
- The expenditure of something, such as time or labor, necessary for the attainment of a goal: “Freedom to advocate unpopular causes does not require that such advocacy be without cost” ( Milton Friedman )
- costs Law Charges incurred in bringing litigation, including court fees and charges that may be payable by the losing party, but usually not including attorneys' fees.
verbcost, cost·ing, costs
- To have as a price.
- To cause to lose, suffer, or sacrifice: Participating in the strike cost me my job.
- past tense and past participle costed To estimate or determine the cost of: The accountants costed out our expenses.
Origin of costMiddle English from Old French from coster to cost from Latin cōnstāre to be fixed, cost ; see constant .
From Middle English cost, from Old English cost (“option, choice, possibility, manner, way, condition”), from Old Norse kostr (“choice, opportunity, chance, condition, state, quality”), from Proto-Germanic *kustuz (“choice, trial”) (Proto-Germanic *kustiz (“choice, trial”)), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵéwstus (“to enjoy, taste”).
Cognate with Icelandic kostur, German dialectal Kust (“taste, flavour”), Dutch kust (“choice, choosing”), North Frisian kest (“choice, estimation, virtue”), West Frisian kêst (“article of law, statute”), Old English cyst (“free-will, choice, election, the best of anything, the choicest, picked host, moral excellence, virtue, goodness, generosity, munificence”). Related to choose.
- Amount of money, time, etc. that is required or used.
- The total cost of the new complex was an estimated $1.5 million.
- We have to cut costs if we want to avoid bankruptcy.
- The average cost of a new house is twice as much as t was 20 years ago.
- A negative consequence or loss that occurs or is required to occur.
- There were many costs to the development project, the least of all was the financial aspect.
- If you train all the time, there will be a few costs such as a lack of free time.
From Middle English cost, coust, from costen (“to cost”), see below.
(third-person singular simple present costs, present participle costing, simple past and past participle cost or costed) See Usage notes.
- To incur a charge; to require payment of a price.
- This shirt cost $50, while this was cheaper at only $30.
- It will cost you a lot of money to take a trip around the world.
- To cause something to be lost; to cause the expenditure or relinquishment of.
- Trying to rescue the man from the burning building cost them their lives.
- To calculate or estimate a price.
- I'd cost the repair work at a few thousand.
The past tense and past participle is cost in the sense of "this computer cost me £600", but costed in the sense of 'calculated', "the project was costed at $1 million."
- (heraldry) A cottise.
cost - Computer Definition
- The amount of money paid to acquire something, or spent in producing something.
- The amount of time, effort, or other resources expended in accomplishing something.
- In telecommunications, the cost of transmitting data along a given path or route can be measured in terms of bandwidth consumption and quality of service (QoS) parameters such as number of hops, total latency, bit error rate (BER), and packet loss, or any number of considerations other than the direct monetary cost of passing traffic to another carrier or service provider. See also bandwidth, BER, carrier, hop, latency, path, packet, QoS, route, and traffic.