An example of a cost is $3 for a half gallon of milk.
Participating in the strike cost me my job.
It costs more to live in the city.
The accountants costed out our expenses.
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.
Trying to rescue the man from the burning building cost them their lives.
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.
- Regardless of the expense or effort involved; by any means.
- Regardless of the cost or difficulty involved; by any means required.
Origin of cost
- Middle English from Old French from coster to cost from Latin cōnstāre to be fixed, cost constant
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.
- 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”).
- From Middle English cost, coust, from costen (“to cost”), see below.