cost Definition

  • 1the amount of money that is needed to buy or do something
  • 2the negative result of an action or decision

Using cost: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "cost" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The cost of living in this city is very high.

  • Example

    What's the cost of a ticket to the concert?

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    The cost of repairing the car was more than its value.

  • Example

    The cost of his mistake was losing his job.

  • Example

    The cost of war is immeasurable.

cost Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for cost

Phrases with cost

  • no matter what it takes; regardless of the expense or effort involved


    He was determined to succeed at all costs.

  • consider the potential risks, consequences, or sacrifices before taking an action


    Before starting a business, you need to count the cost and make sure you're prepared for the challenges ahead.

  • suffer the negative consequences of an action or decision


    He paid the cost for his reckless behavior by losing his driver's license.

Origins of cost

from Old French 'coste', meaning 'rib, side'


Summary: cost in Brief

The term 'cost' [kษ’st] refers to the amount of money required to purchase or do something, or the negative outcome of an action or decision. It is often used in phrases like 'at all costs,' meaning no matter what it takes, and 'count the cost,' meaning to consider the potential risks or consequences. Examples include 'The cost of living in this city is very high,' and 'The cost of his mistake was losing his job.'

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