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Definition 1: the property of having material worth (often indicated by the amount of money something would bring if sold) - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where cost or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for cost in the sense of this definition

(cost is a kind of ...) the quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable

"the Shakespearean Shylock is of dubious value in the modern world"

(... is a kind of cost ) total cost for all units bought (or produced) divided by the number of units

(... is a kind of cost ) the increase or decrease in costs as a result of one more or one less unit of output

(... is a kind of cost ) the quality of being high-priced

(... is a kind of cost ) the market value set on assets

(... is a kind of cost ) the quality of being affordable

Definition 2: value measured by what must be given or done or undergone to obtain something - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where cost or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for cost in the sense of this definition

(cost is a kind of ...) the quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable

"the Shakespearean Shylock is of dubious value in the modern world"

(... is a kind of cost ) the number of deaths resulting from some particular cause such as an accident or a battle or a natural disaster

Definition 3: the total spent for goods or services including money and time and labor - [noun denoting possession]

(cost is a kind of ...) money paid out; an amount spent

(... is a kind of cost ) combined costs of raw material and labor incurred in producing goods

(... is a kind of cost ) current cost of replacing a fixed asset with a new one of equal effectiveness

(... is a kind of cost ) cost of reproducing physical property minus various allowances (especially depreciation)

(... is a kind of cost ) calculated cost for a given unit of a product

(... is a kind of cost ) the amount of money needed to purchase something

"the price of gasoline" "he got his new car on excellent terms" "how much is the damage?"

(... is a kind of cost ) cost of bribing someone

"they say that every politician has a price"

(... is a kind of cost ) cost in terms of foregoing alternatives

(... is a kind of cost ) the cost of carrying or transporting

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

(... is a kind of cost ) the cost of handling (especially the cost of packaging and mailing an order)

(... is a kind of cost ) amounts paid for goods and services that may be currently tax deductible (as opposed to capital expenditures)

(... is a kind of cost ) the cost of long-term improvements

(... is a kind of cost ) a sum of money paid or a claim discharged

(... is a kind of cost ) money demanded for the return of a captured person

(... is a kind of cost ) excess of cost over budget

"the cost overrun necessitated an additional allocation of funds in the budget"

(... is a kind of cost ) average cost of basic necessities of life (as food and shelter and clothing)

"a rise in the cost of living reflects the rate of inflation"

(... is a kind of cost ) the cost of borrowing something

(... is a kind of cost ) any cost incurred by a producer or wholesaler or retailer or distributor (as for advertising and shipping etc)

(... is a kind of cost ) the price charged for some article or service

"the admission charge"

Definition 4: be priced at - [verb of stative]

Samples where cost or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • These shoes cost $100

Synonyms for cost in the sense of this definition

(cost is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

(... is a kind of cost ) cost a certain amount

"My daughter's wedding set me back $20,000"

Definition 5: require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice - [verb of stative]

Samples where cost or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This mistake cost him his job

(cost is a kind of ...) require as useful, just, or proper

"It takes nerve to do what she did" "success usually requires hard work" "This job asks a lot of patience and skill" "This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice" "This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert" "This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent"

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