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Cost appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Won’t society locate some demo-set acolyte I cost now?
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  • Diastole cowards made off for a fast car at a cost; so cataracts a far-off foe dams draw ocelots’ aid.
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Usage statistics for the noun cost:

spoken English39.22%written English60.78% conversational speech11.15%task-oriented speech88.85% imaginative writing6.5%informational writing93.5%
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Cost is sometimes a misspelling of coast.

The word cost is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun cost

What does cost mean as a name of something?

Cost is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 100 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: costs

  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)
    • example: he couldn't calculate the cost of the collection
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of cost: monetary value / price
    • more generic word: value = the quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable
    • more specific terms:
  3. value measured by what must be given or done or undergone to obtain something
    • example: the cost in human life was enormous
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of cost: price / toll
    • more generic word: value = the quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable
    • more specific term: death toll = the number of deaths resulting from some particular cause such as an accident or a battle or a natural disaster

Alternative definition of the noun cost


  1. Manner; way; means.
  2. Quality; condition; property; value; worth.
  3. Amount of money, time, etc. that is required or used.
  4. A negative consequence or loss that occurs or is required to occur.

Specialised definition of the noun cost

Glossary of management / cost management

the amount of expenditure (actual or notional) incurred on, or attributable to, a specific activity or business unit

Definition of the verb cost

What does cost mean as a doing word?

Cost is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular

  1. be priced at
    • example: These shoes cost $100
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Value]The bill will cost them 500 million dollars
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] [Value]The book costs $10

      Measure Verbs (with the same syntax): carry, last, net, take.

    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of cost: be
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
    • more specific terms: knock back / put back / set back = cost a certain amount
  2. require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice

Alternative definition of the verb cost


  1. To incur a charge, a price.
  2. To cause something to be lost.
  3. To calculate or estimate a value.


"Cost" is a musical album of Patrick Phelan.

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"cost" a.k.a. "The Cost" is a book by David Graham Phillips.


  1. Cost a.k.a. Cost per mille, also called cost ‰ and cost per thousand, is a commonly used measurement in advertising. Radio, television, newspaper, magazine, out-of-home advertising, and online advertising can be purchased on the basis of showing the ad to one thousand viewers. It is used in marketing as a benchmarking metric to calculate the relative cost of an advertising campaign or an ad message in a given medium.
    • also known as CPM, Cost Per Thousand, Cost ‰, CPT
  2. Cost a.k.a. Colombia Time Zone is a time zone.

Phrases with Cost

Phrases starting with the word Cost:

  1. Cost Up
  2. Cost Oil
  3. cost-plus
  4. Cost price
  5. Cost center
  6. cost ledger
  7. cost cutting
  8. cost overrun

Phrases ending with the word Cost:

  1. At Cost
  2. to cost
  3. low-cost
  4. Sunk Cost
  5. unit cost
  6. fixed cost
  7. Needs-Cost
  8. at any cost
  9. Carbon Cost
  10. Landed Cost
  11. average cost
  12. capital cost

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Cost

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Google previewThe Philosopher's Stone for Sustainability (2012)

Proceedings of the 4th CIRP International Conference on Industrial Product-Service Systems, Tokyo, Japan, November 8th - 9th, 2012 by Yoshiki Shimomura, Koji Kimita

Dispatching cost is an additional cost for rescheduling and man cost is an...

Fair cancel cost means the ticket fair cancelled by a passenger. Payback cost is the sum of each passenger's fair cancel cost.

Google previewAmerican Wine Economics (2013)

An Exploration of the U.S. Wine Industry by James Thornton

If one owns five acres of land and chooses to grow grapes on it, the opportunity cost is the benefit forgone from the most highly valued...

Google previewENGINEERING ECONOMICS (2013)


The direct materials cost is the cost of the materials which are directly consumed in the manufacture of a product. The direct...

The semi-variable cost is a variable cost which will be constant over a period of time and then it changes. The best ...

Google previewProbabilistic Transmission System Planning (2011)

by Wenyuan Li

The term project definition cost refers to the present value of the expense incurred in the prepro- ject stage, including feasibility studies and tests of new technologies. The project implementation cost is the present value of main capital ...

Google previewTools and Tactics for Operations Managers (Collection) (2013)

by Randal Wilson, Arthur V. Hill, Hillel Glazer

that minimizes the sum of the expected carrying and expected shortage cost is the solution to the newsvendor problem for one order cycle, which is R = F1(cunder/(cunder + cover)), where F –1 (.) is the inverse CDF for the ...

Google previewKhan's The Physics of Radiation Therapy (2014)

by Faiz M. Khan, John P. Gibbons

For the designated critical normal structures, the cost is the root mean squared difference between zero dose (or an acceptable low dose value) and the realized dose. The overall cost is the sum of the costs for the targets and the normal ...

Google previewProceedings of the Seventeenth Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (2006)

by SIAM Activity Group on Discrete Mathematics, Association for Computing Machinery, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Each facility has a cost given as part of the input, and the total facility opening cost is the sum of costs for the facilities that...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Microcomputers (2000)

Volume 25 - Supplement 4 by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

INTRODUCTION An accurate and early cost estimation of software development effort is critical for making a number of important management decisions, including software project control, budgeting, personnel allocation, and contract bidding ...

Google previewDictionary of Project Management Terms, Third Edition (2011)

by J. LeRoy Ward

COST PERFORMANCE REPORT negotiations significantly. Cost or pricing data are data requiring certification. Cost or pricing data are factual, not judgmental, and are verifiable. Although they do not indicate the accuracy of the prospective ...

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Usage statistics about cost

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun cost:

spoken English39.22%written English60.78% conversational speech11.15%task-oriented speech88.85% imaginative writing6.5%informational writing93.5%

Usage statistics for the verb cost:

conversational speech53.63%task-oriented speech46.37%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun cost:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb cost:


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Quotes about Cost

The fights I fought... cost a lot --the fight for the assault-weapons ban cost 20 members their seats in Congress. The NRA is the reason the Republicans control the House. (William Jefferson Clinton)
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Scrabble value of C3O1S1T1

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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