Cost

Definition of Cost

Pronunciation: kǒst; 115
n.1.A rib; a side; a region or coast.
Betwixt the costs of a ship.
- B. Jonson.
2.(Her.) See Cottise.
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Cost; p. pr. & vb. n. Costing.]
A diamond gone, cost me two thousand ducats.
- Shak.
Though it cost me ten nights' watchings.
- Shak.
2.To require to be borne or suffered; to cause.
To do him wanton rites, which cost them woe.
- Milton.
To cost dear
to require or occasion a large outlay of money, or much labor, self-denial, suffering, etc.
n.1.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.
- Shak.
At less cost of life than is often expended in a skirmish, [Charles V.] saved Europe from invasion.
- Prescott.
2.Loss of any kind; detriment; pain; suffering.
I know thy trains,
Though dearly to my cost, thy gins and toils.
- Milton.
3.(Law) Expenses incurred in litigation.
Bill of costs
See under Bill.
Cost free
without outlay or expense.
- Thackeray.

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