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English noun: cost

1. cost (possession) the total spent for goods or services including money and time and labor

Broader (hypernym)expenditure, outgo, outlay, spending

Narrower (hyponym)borrowing cost, capital expenditure, charge, cost of living, cost overrun, damage, disbursal, disbursement, distribution cost, expense, handling charge, handling cost, marketing cost, opportunity cost, payment, physical value, portage, price, price, production cost, ransom, ransom money, replacement cost, reproduction cost, terms, unit cost

2. cost (attribute) the property of having material worth (often indicated by the amount of money something would bring if sold)

SamplesThe fluctuating monetary value of gold and silver.
He puts a high price on his services.
He couldn't calculate the cost of the collection.

Synonymsmonetary value, price

Broader (hypernym)value

Narrower (hyponym)assessment, average cost, differential cost, expensiveness, incremental cost, inexpensiveness, marginal cost

3. cost (attribute) value measured by what must be given or done or undergone to obtain something

SamplesThe cost in human life was enormous.
The price of success is hard work.
What price glory?.

Synonymsprice, toll

Broader (hypernym)value

Narrower (hyponym)death toll

English verb: cost

1. cost (stative) be priced at

SamplesThese shoes cost $100.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody something

Broader (hypernym)be

Narrower (hyponym)knock back, put back, set back

2. cost (stative) require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice

SamplesThis mistake cost him his job.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something

Broader (hypernym)ask, call for, demand, involve, necessitate, need, postulate, require, take

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