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cost

 (kôst)
n.
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
v.intr.
To require a specified payment, expenditure, effort, or loss: It costs more to live in the city.
v.tr.
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.
Idiom:
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.costs - pecuniary reimbursement to the winning party for the expenses of litigation
reimbursement - compensation paid (to someone) for damages or losses or money already spent etc.; "he received reimbursement for his travel expenses"
Translations
مَصاريف الدَّعوى
soudní náklady
sagsomkostning
málskostnaîur
súdne výdavky
dava/yargılama masraflarımahkeme harcı

cost

(kost) past tense past participle cost verb
1. to be obtainable at a certain price. This jacket costs 75 dollars; The victory cost two thousand lives.
2. (past tense, past participle ˈcosted) to estimate the cost of (a future project). The caterer costed the reception at three hundred dollars.
noun
the price to be paid (for something). What is the cost of this coat?
ˈcostly adjective
costing much. a costly wedding-dress.
ˈcostliness noun
costs noun plural
the expenses of a legal case. He won his case and was awarded costs of $500.
at all costs
no matter what the cost or outcome may be. We must prevent disaster at all costs.
References in classic literature ?
Like all time-saving inventions, like the railroad, the reaper, and the Bessemer converter, the telephone, in the last analysis, COSTS NOTHING; IT IS THE LACK OF IT THAT COSTS.
At the present moment (August, 1853) there is a suit before the court which was commenced nearly twenty years ago, in which from thirty to forty counsel have been known to appear at one time, in which costs have been incurred to the amount of seventy thousand pounds, which is A FRIENDLY SUIT, and which is
"If that be so," said Panza, "I renounce henceforth the government of the promised island, and desire nothing more in payment of my many and faithful services than that your worship give me the receipt of this supreme liquor, for I am persuaded it will be worth more than two reals an ounce anywhere, and I want no more to pass the rest of my life in ease and honour; but it remains to be told if it costs much to make it."
This never costs anything to speak of, unless you plant more than enough.
This deed of thine shall cost thee all thou art worth.' 'Do your worst, and welcome,' said the brute, 'what harm can you do me?' and passed on.
Yes, good Makar Alexievitch, I really cannot accept your presents, for I know what they must have cost you--I know to what privations and self-denial they must have led.
Louis; which, in consequence of the expenses and risks of a long land carriage, were furnished them at an immense advance on first cost. He had an idea that they might be much more cheaply supplied from the Pacific side.
Malicorne had determined to rise, at whatever price it might cost, and for this, at whatever price it did cost, he had given himself a mistress and a friend.
He studied the composition of food-stuffs, and knew exactly how many proteids and carbohydrates his body needed; and by scientific chewing he said that he tripled the value of all he ate, so that it cost him eleven cents a day.
Jansenius selected a highly ornamental one, and proposed to defray half the cost of its erection.
But yet, since princes will have such things, it is better they should be graced with elegancy, than daubed with cost. Dancing to song, is a thing of great state and pleasure.
I heard one tell the other that not only was the school established for the members of any race, but the opportunities that it provided by which poor but worthy students could work out all or a part of the cost of a board, and at the same time be taught some trade or industry.