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1. An amount paid or required in payment for a purchase; a price.
2. The expenditure of something, such as time or labor, necessary for the attainment of a goal: "Freedom to advocate unpopular causes does not require that such advocacy be without cost" (Milton Friedman).
3. costs Law Charges incurred in bringing litigation, including court fees and charges that may be payable by the losing party, but usually not including attorneys' fees.
v. cost, cost·ing, costs
To require a specified payment, expenditure, effort, or loss: It costs more to live in the city.
1. To have as a price.
2. To cause to lose, suffer, or sacrifice: Participating in the strike cost me my job.
3. past tense and past participle costed To estimate or determine the cost of: The accountants costed out our expenses.
at all costs
Regardless of the expense or effort involved; by any means.

[Middle English, from Old French, from coster, to cost, from Latin cōnstāre, to be fixed, cost; see constant.]

cost′less adj.
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Adj.1.costless - costing nothing; "complimentary tickets"; "free admission"
unpaid - not paid; "unpaid wages"; "an unpaid bill"
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In addition to the open crude oil swap contracts, the Company has entered into costless collar contracts.
Making improvements in these regulations is virtually costless, but it can play a transformative role in promoting growth and development.
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This, the first volume of a two-volume work, is a study of the economics of costless goods, which are defined as goods that create value but do not require costly inputs (such as traffic engineering, which increases the efficiency of existing assets with negligible cost).
If she decided not to buy gas, it would be a costless sacrifice for her being a non-driver.
This is also a wonderful, costless opportunity for fund managers to promote their services to a vast audience of investors.
Overall, at Costless we're expecting almost Dh5 million worth of sales, which is almost double the amount from last year.
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The study notes that governments continue to reform their tax systems despite global economic uncertainty, with 31 economies having taken steps beginning June, 2011, and continuing through May 2012 to make it easier and costless for small and medium businesses to pay taxes.