cost meaning

EN[ˈkɒst] [ˈkɔst] [ˈkɑst] [-ɒst]
  • In production, research, retail, and accounting, a cost is the value of money that has been used up to produce something, and hence is not available for use anymore.
  • More generalized in the field of economics, cost is a metric that is totaling up as a result of a process or as a differential for the result of a decision. Hence cost is the metric used in the standard modeling paradigm applied to economic processes.
  • Costs (pl.) are often further described based on their timing or their applicability.

    Definition of cost in English Dictionary

  • NounPLcosts
    1. Amount of money, time, etc. that is required or used.
      1. According to this saga of intellectual-property misanthropy, these creatures [patent trolls] roam the business world, buying up patents and then using them to demand extravagant payouts from companies they accuse of infringing them. Often, their victims pay up rather than face the costs of a legal battle.
    2. A negative consequence or loss that occurs or is required to occur.
      1. There were many costs to the development project, the least of all was the financial aspect. ‎
      2. If you train all the time, there will be a few costs such as a lack of free time. ‎
    3. Manner; way; means; available course; contrivance.
      1. Quality; condition; property; value; worth; a wont or habit; disposition; nature; kind; characteristic.
        1. OBS A rib; a side.
          1. (heraldry) A cottise.
          2. VerbSGcostsPRcostingPT, PPcosted
            1. To incur a charge; to require payment of a price.
              1. This shirt cost $50, while this was cheaper at only $30. ‎
              2. It will cost you a lot of money to take a trip around the world. ‎
            2. To cause something to be lost; to cause the expenditure or relinquishment of.
              1. Trying to rescue the man from the burning building cost them their lives. ‎
            3. To require to be borne or suffered; to cause.
              1. To calculate or estimate a price.
                1. I'd cost the repair work at a few thousand. ‎
            4. More Examples
              1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
                • It costs pretty near as much to sell a used truck as a new one and there is usually ... close down business right away and get out while the getting's good.
                • There are a lot of different figures being bandied around, but the exact cost will not be know for some time yet.
                • She was almost frothing at the mouth when she heard about the cost of the car repairs.
              2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
                • As usual, that broker's GFE was off by more than 30% from the final cost.
                • Add up the prices and find out how much it will cost.
                • I thought I'd try my hand at woodworking, until I saw how much the tools cost.
            • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
              1. Nouns
                • Countable nouns
                • Verbs
                  • Verb forms
                    • Irregular verb forms
                      • Irregular past participles
                        • Irregular simple past forms
                        • Participles
                          • Past participles
                          • Verb simple past forms
                            • Verb forms using redundant wikisyntax
                            • Verbs by inflection type
                              • Irregular verbs
                                • Verbs with base form identical to past participle
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                          Meaning of cost for the defined word.

                          Grammatically, this word "cost" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun. It's also a verb, more specifically, a verb form and a verbs by inflection type.
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