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COST

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does cost mean? 

COST (noun)
  The noun COST has 3 senses:

1. the total spent for goods or services including money and time and labor
2. the property of having material worth (often indicated by the amount of money something would bring if sold)
3. value measured by what must be given or done or undergone to obtain something

  Familiarity information: COST used as a noun is uncommon.


COST (verb)
  The verb COST has 2 senses:

1. be priced at
2. require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice

  Familiarity information: COST used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


COST (noun)


Sense 1cost [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The total spent for goods or services including money and time and labor

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Hypernyms ("cost" is a kind of...):

expenditure; outgo; outlay (money paid out)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "cost"):

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)

price (cost of bribing someone)

opportunity cost (cost in terms of foregone alternatives)

portage (the cost of carrying or transporting)

charge (the price charged for some article or service)

production cost (combined costs of raw material and labor incurred in producing goods)

marketing cost (the cost of marketing (e.g., the cost of transferring title and moving goods to the customer))

handling charge; handling cost (the cost of handling (especially the cost of packaging and mailing an order))

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)

payment (a sum of money paid)

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))


Sense 2cost [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

monetary value; cost; price

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("cost" is a kind of...):

value (the quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "cost"):

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)

expensiveness (the quality of being high-priced)

assessment (the market value set on assets)

inexpensiveness (the quality of being affordable)


Sense 3cost [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

toll; price; cost

Context examples:

the cost in human life was enormous / the price of success is hard work / what price glory?

Hypernyms ("cost" is a kind of...):

value (the quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "cost"):

death toll (the number of deaths resulting from some particular cause such as an accident or a battle or a natural disaster)


COST (verb)


Sense 1cost [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be priced at

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

cost; be

Context example:

These shoes cost $100

Hypernyms (to "cost" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "cost"):

knock back; put back; set back (cost a certain amount)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody something


Sense 2cost [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

This mistake cost him his job

Hypernyms (to "cost" is one way to...):

ask; call for; demand; involve; necessitate; need; postulate; require; take (require as useful, just, or proper)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody something


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