• "But it is so stylish, Samantha, and it only costs ten cents."
    "But it is so stylish, Samantha, and it only costs ten cents."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cost require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice "This mistake cost him his job"
    • v cost be priced at "These shoes cost $100"
    • n cost the property of having material worth (often indicated by the amount of money something would bring if sold) "the fluctuating monetary value of gold and silver","he puts a high price on his services","he couldn't calculate the cost of the collection"
    • n cost value measured by what must be given or done or undergone to obtain something "the cost in human life was enormous","the price of success is hard work","what price glory?"
    • n cost the total spent for goods or services including money and time and labor
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Cost What They Will, Trade With Me--4-07-420 Cost What They Will, Trade With Me--4-07-420
It Will Cost Us Fifty Dollars and Costs It Will Cost Us Fifty Dollars and Costs
Do you know these balls cost five guineas each Do you know these balls cost five guineas each

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first movie to ever cost $100 million to make is Terminator 2: Judgment Day in 1991
    • Cost A rib; a side; a region or coast. "Betwixt the costs of a ship."
    • Cost (Law) Expenses incurred in litigation.
    • Cost Loss of any kind; detriment; pain; suffering. "I know thy trains,
      Though dearly to my cost , thy gins and toils."
    • Cost (Her) See Cottise.
    • Cost The amount paid, charged, or engaged to be paid, for anything bought or taken in barter; charge; expense; hence, whatever, as labor, self-denial, suffering, etc., is requisite to secure benefit. "One day shall crown the alliance on 't so please you,
      Here at my house, and at my proper cost ."
      "At less cost of life than is often expended in a skirmish, [Charles V.] saved Europe from invasion."
    • Cost To require to be borne or suffered; to cause. "To do him wanton rites, which cost them woe."
    • Cost To require to be given, expended, or laid out therefor, as in barter, purchase, acquisition, etc.; to cause the cost, expenditure, relinquishment, or loss of; as, the ticket cost a dollar; the effort cost his life. "A diamond gone, cost me two thousand ducats.""Though it cost me ten nights' watchings."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1975, it cost only $180,000 to produce an hour-long TV drama.
    • n cost Manner; way and means.
    • n cost Quality; condition; property; value; worth.
    • cost To require the expenditure of (something valuable) in exchange, purchase, or payment; be of the price of; be acquired in return for: as, it cost five dollars.
    • cost In general, to require (as a thing or result to be desired) an expenditure of any specified thing, as time or labor; be done or acquired at the expense of, as of pain or loss; occasion or bring on (especially something evil) as a result.
    • n cost The equivalent or price given for a thing or service exchanged, purchased, or paid for; the amount paid, or engaged to be paid, for some thing or some service: as, the cost of a suit of clothes; the cost of building a house. Nothing has any cost until it is actually attained or obtained; while price is the amount which is asked for a service or thing.
    • n cost That which is expended; outlay of any kind, as of money, labor, time, or trouble; expense or expenditure in general; specifically, great expense: as, the work was done at public cost.
    • n cost plural In law: The sums fixed by law or allowed by the court for charges in a suit, awarded usually against the party losing, and in favor of the party prevailing or his attorney.
    • n cost The sum which the law allows to the attorney, to be paid by his client.
    • n cost Synonyms and Expense, Worth, etc. See price.
    • n cost A rib or side.
    • n cost In heraldry, same as cottise.
    • n cost Costmary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In a six-pack of pop, the cans cost more to make than the drink.
    • v.t Cost kost to bring a certain price: to require to be laid out or suffered
    • n Cost what is laid out or suffered to obtain anything:
    • pa.t Cost and pa.p. cost
    • n Cost (pl.) expenses of a lawsuit
    • ***


  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “Always count the cost.”
  • St. Ignatius Loyola
    St. Ignatius Loyola
    “Teach us to give and not count the cost.”
  • Jean Anouilh
    “What you get free costs too much.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Why so large a cost, having so short a lease, does thou upon your fading mansion spend?”
  • Kenneth Clarke
    Kenneth Clarke
    “Energetic action on debt would make a radical difference to the prospects of many of the poorest countries in the world, at no practical cost to creditor countries.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “To safeguard one's health at the cost of too strict a diet is a tiresome illness indeed.”


It cost an arm and a leg - If something costs an arm and a leg, it is very expensive indeed.
It cost the earth - If something costs the earth, it is very expensive indeed.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. coster, couster, F. coûter, fr. L. constare, to stand at, to cost; con-, + stare, to stand. See Stand, and cf. Constant


In literature:

A careful study of such points will lead to a considerable saving in power costs.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
Your original sugar cost was 6.00, your loss on your hedge was 2.00, so that you would figure your actual sugar cost at 8.00.
"About sugar buying for Jobbers" by B. W. Dyer
These were weeds which must and should be choked, cost what it might!
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
The cost of the restoration of the chancel was defrayed by J.
"A History of Horncastle from the earliest period to the present time" by James Conway Walter
Grizzly steak, I remember, cost a dollar and a quarter.
"Gold" by Stewart White
The rate is governed by costs, though not by costs incurred by the railroad.
"Essentials of Economic Theory" by John Bates Clark
In some cases the cost of construction has been exceedingly great.
"Chapters in the History of the Insane in the British Isles" by Daniel Hack Tuke
Let nothing in the treat offend the guest: More for delight than cost prepare the feast.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
From Chicago to the backbone of the Rockies will cost you something over $33 or $50 one way.
"Through Our Unknown Southwest" by Agnes C. Laut
Like his other room it cost him little, and he was in a private family.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser

In poetry:

Into the foeman's land we cross'd,
We put our friends to equal cost,
And there a leg I lost.
"Vanitas! Vanitatum Vanitas!" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Masses for souls that are lost
In the wilds of sin--
There mumbled, "Ye'll pay cost
Ere to shrift ye win!"
"The Death-Sprite" by Cale Young Rice
"Thy ransom to pay for thee,
E'en my own life it cost;
And he such love that slighteth,
Forever shall be lost."
"The Great Physician" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
So is it with all earthly joy--
It pleases for a time,
As toy may please a growing boy,
Though costing but a dime;
"Undecaying Fruit" by Joseph Horatio Chant
I saw the end of every sin;
I weighed the profit and the cost;
I felt Eternity begin,
And all the ages of the lost.
"Methought, through many years and lands," by Digby Mackworth Dolben
'My own true love in Burley Walk
Does hunt to-night, I fear;
And if he meet my father stern,
His game may cost him dear.
"A New Forest Ballad" by Charles Kingsley

In news:

Hybrids are often touted as cheaper to own because of the cost savings in fuel, but many hybrids cost a bit more to insure than their gasoline-fueled counterparts.
The war within Maricopa County government has cost taxpayers at least $5.6 million, mostly on legal fees, and the costs continue to rise.
In many parts of the country, these costs and all other combined "soft costs" of rooftop solar PV can account for over half the total installed costs.
Implementing High-Value, Cost-Conscious Diabetes Mellitus Care Through the Use of Low-Cost Medications and Less- Intensive Glycemic Control Target.
Faced with rising employee health care costs, many employers are considering implementing workplace wellness programs in an effort to reduce medical care costs for both the organization and employees.
The lifecycle costs summarise the total cost of a wastewater installation – and in this regard the pump system plays a major role.
They estimate that the bill, called a living-wage bill, will raise wages for more than 70,000 workers and cost the city less than $10 million a year in increased contract costs.
On Saturday, valley residents have the opportunity to take their pets to get low-cost spay/neuters and low-cost vaccines.
On Saturday afternoon, valley residents have the opportunity to take their pets to get low-cost spay/neuters and low-cost vaccines.
The drought and resulting high ration costs have dairy producers and nutritionists scrambling for rations and low-cost ways to feed cows.
Construction costs of the building were projected at $64.6 million in Methodist 's 2009 application to build the project, with a total cost of the project ringing in at more than $137 million.
In another year or two, according to estimates, hiring a Chinese worker will cost about 85% of what it costs to hire a Mexican worker.
The total cost for all the upgrades is $50 million, though the cost of the Hytop update was estimated at $225,000.
As publishers look for ways to cut costs, one of the primary sources of cost-cutting is through automation of workflows.
Allocating overhead per dollar of direct cost can be a major problem since most overhead costs are not driven by dollar volume.

In science:

The system evolves via Arrhenius-like dynamics so that the cost of moving in the energy landscape is given by the usual exponential factor exp(∆E β ), where β = 1/T and T is the temperature, and ∆E ∼ lζ relates the cost to the scale length of the perturbation l.
Ground states versus low-temperature equilibria in random field Ising chains
Our cost estimates for numerical simulations of QCD with light dynamical Wilson-quarks – as a function of the quark mass and volume – allow a reasonably precise prediction of the computational costs for future simulations.
On the price of light quarks
In addition, the cost function C [~x] has exponentially many local minima, separated from each other by large cost “barriers”.
Constraint Satisfaction by Survey Propagation
If the sum of the matrix entries in µ ∩ S is greater than the sum of the matrix entries in ν ∩ S , then the cost of the k-assignment (µ△S ) ∪ {(r1 , c1 )} is smaller than the cost of µ, contradicting the optimality of µ.
A Proof of Parisi's Conjecture on the Random Assignment Problem
Then the cost of (ν△S ) \ {(r2 , c1 )} is smaller than the cost of ν , again a contradiction.
A Proof of Parisi's Conjecture on the Random Assignment Problem