The cost of something is how much money you need to spend on it. The high cost of a fancy coffee drink might surprise you.

A new car costs thousands of dollars, while in some places penny candy still only costs a penny per piece. Cost also means "cause a loss," as when a bad fumble costs your favorite football team the game, or your brother's cheating on a test costs him the respect of his favorite teacher. The Old French cost meant "outlay, expenditure, hardship, or trouble," from the Latin root constare, "to stand at or to cost."

Primary Meanings of cost

be priced at
the total spent for goods or services including money and time and labor
value measured by what must be given or done or undergone to obtain something
require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice
Full Definitions of cost

v be priced at

“These shoes cost $100”
knock back, put back, set back
cost a certain amount
Type of:
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

n the total spent for goods or services including money and time and labor

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disbursal, disbursement, expense
amounts paid for goods and services that may be currently tax deductible (as opposed to capital expenditures)
capital expenditure
the cost of long-term improvements
a sum of money paid or a claim discharged
ransom, ransom money
money demanded for the return of a captured person
cost overrun
excess of cost over budget
cost of living
average cost of basic necessities of life (as food and shelter and clothing)
borrowing cost
the cost of borrowing something
distribution cost
any cost incurred by a producer or wholesaler or retailer or distributor (as for advertising and shipping etc)
handling charge, handling cost
the cost of handling (especially the cost of packaging and mailing an order)
marketing cost
the cost of marketing (e.g., the cost of transferring title and moving goods to the customer)
production cost
combined costs of raw material and labor incurred in producing goods
replacement cost
current cost of replacing a fixed asset with a new one of equal effectiveness
physical value, reproduction cost
cost of reproducing physical property minus various allowances (especially depreciation)
unit cost
calculated cost for a given unit of a product
damage, price, terms
the amount of money needed to purchase something
cost of bribing someone
opportunity cost
cost in terms of foregoing alternatives
the cost of carrying or transporting
the price charged for some article or service
payment to the holder of a patent or copyright or resource for the right to use their property
bonus, incentive
an additional payment (or other remuneration) to employees as a means of increasing output
business expense, trade expense
ordinary and necessary expenses incurred in a taxpayer's business or trade
interest expense
interest paid on loans
lobbying expense
expenses incurred in promoting or evaluating legislation
medical expense
amount spent for diagnosis or treatment or prevention of medical problems
non-cash expense
an expense (such as depreciation) that is not paid for in cash
moving expense
the cost of moving your residence from one location to another
budget items, operating cost, operating expense, overhead
the expense of maintaining property (e.g., paying property taxes and utilities and insurance); it does not include depreciation or the cost of financing or income taxes
personal expense
the cost of personal or family living
a payment larger than needed or expected
a payment smaller than needed or expected
a payment for consecutive issues of a newspaper or magazine for a given period of time
regular payment
a payment made at regular times
blood money
paid to a hired murderer
payment or reward (as for service rendered)
money returned to a payer
conscience money
payment made voluntarily to reduce guilt over dishonest dealings
support payment
a payment made by one person for the support of another
payment made in return for a service rendered
bribe, payoff
payment made to a person in a position of trust to corrupt his judgment
(often plural) a payment that is made to a performer or writer or director of a television show or commercial that is paid for every repeat showing
financial assistance in time of need
lump sum
a complete payment consisting of a single sum of money
final payment, payoff
the final payment of a debt
remission, remitment, remittal, remittance
a payment of money sent to a person in another place
quittance, repayment
payment of a debt or obligation
token payment
a small payment made in acknowledgement of an obligation
a payment required for not fulfilling a contract
an inadequate payment
insurance premium, premium
payment for insurance
a payment of part of a debt; usually paid at regular intervals
asking price, selling price
the price at which something is offered for sale
bid price
(stock market) the price at which a broker is willing to buy a certain security
closing price
(stock market) the price of the last transaction completed during a day's trading session
factory price
price charged for goods picked up at the factory
highway robbery
an exorbitant price
purchase price
the price at which something is actually purchased
cash price, spot price
the current delivery price of a commodity traded in the spot market
support level
(stock market) the price at which a certain security becomes attractive to investors
assessed price
capital cost, cost of capital
the opportunity cost of the funds employed as the result of an investment decision; the rate of return that a business could earn if it chose another investment with equivalent risk
carrying charge, carrying cost
the opportunity cost of unproductive assets; the expense incurred by ownership
carrying charge
charge made for carrying an account or for merchandise sold on an installment plan
depreciation charge
an amount periodically charged to expense or against revenue in compensation for depreciation of property
a price that is too low
a price that is too high
fare, transportation
the sum charged for riding in a public conveyance
fixed charge, fixed cost, fixed costs
a periodic charge that does not vary with business volume (as insurance or rent or mortgage payments etc.)
agio, agiotage, exchange premium, premium
a fee charged for exchanging currencies
a charge required as compensation for the delay of a ship or freight car or other cargo beyond its scheduled time of departure
installation charge
the charge for installing something
the charge for carrying burdens by porters
the charge for mailing something
a charge based on weight measured in pounds
charge per unit, rate
amount of a charge or payment relative to some basis
rate per quarter for water from a public supply
an additional charge (as for items previously omitted or as a penalty for failure to exercise common caution or common skill)
service charge, service fee
a percentage of a bill (as at a hotel or restaurant) added in payment for service
the charge for stowing goods
the charge for storing something in tanks
deposit, down payment
a partial payment made at the time of purchase; the balance to be paid later
(law) the payment of a debt or fulfillment of an obligation
credit, deferred payment
arrangement for deferred payment for goods and services
cash, immediate payment
prompt payment for goods or services in currency or by check
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expenditure, outgo, outlay, spending
money paid out; an amount spent

n the property of having material worth (often indicated by the amount of money something would bring if sold)

“he couldn't calculate the cost of the collection”
monetary value, price
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average cost
total cost for all units bought (or produced) divided by the number of units
differential cost, incremental cost, marginal cost
the increase or decrease in costs as a result of one more or one less unit of output
the quality of being high-priced
the market value set on assets
the quality of being affordable
tax assessment
the value set on taxable property
costliness, dearness, preciousness
the quality possessed by something with a great price or value
lavishness, luxury, sumptuosity, sumptuousness
the quality possessed by something that is excessively expensive
moderateness, modestness, reasonableness
the property of being moderate in price or expenditures
bargain rate, cheapness, cut price, cut rate
a price below the standard price
Type of:
the quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable

n value measured by what must be given or done or undergone to obtain something

“the cost in human life was enormous”
price, toll
death toll
the number of deaths resulting from some particular cause such as an accident or a battle or a natural disaster
Type of:
the quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable

v require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice

“This mistake cost him his job”
Type of:
ask, call for, demand, involve, necessitate, need, postulate, require, take
require as useful, just, or proper

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