- The definition of costed is estimating the cost of something or pricing something out.
When you get bids on a supply or service, this is an example of a time when you costed out the supply or service.
- The only non-proscribed use is in the sense of "to give a cost to". Where proper grammar is expected, use cost instead for non-specialized past-tense and past-participle uses such as answering the question "How much did it cost?"
- Occasionally replaced with noun or verb forms of price, where commonly accepted, as in, "The event's hosting was priced at $1,000,000."
- The object of a costing.
- This was a badly costed project.
Variant of cost
transitive verbcost, costing
- : 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
- costed, costingBusiness to estimate the cost of making, producing, carrying out, etc., as 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
Informal to be expensive
- 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 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
- Law the expenses of a lawsuit, esp. those assessed by the court against the losing party
at all costs
regardless of the cost or difficulty involved; by any means required
also at any cost