1 money needed to buy sth
considerable, high

The high cost of energy was a problem for consumers.

enormous, exorbitant, huge, prohibitive

The cost of repairs would be prohibitive.

low, minimal
escalating, increasing, rising, soaring, spiralling/spiraling
full, overall, total

You will have to bear the full cost of the work.

added, additional, extra

She was unwilling to pay the extra cost to get a room to herself.


A total of 3.6 million tickets at an average cost of $58 are available.

gross, net
budgeted, estimated, projected
likely, potential
real, true
annual, monthly, etc.

What is the current replacement cost of these assets?

marginal (business)

Competition will drive the price down near to the marginal cost (= the cost of the work and materials to produce the product).

per-unit, unit (= the cost of producing one item) (business)
initial, upfront
capital, start-up (both business)

The capital cost of these projects (= what it costs to set them up) is some $100 million.

direct, indirect
carry (AmE), have

The entire project carries a cost of $2 million.

bear, cover, meet, pay

Contractors can now be required to carry the cost of delays.

Allow €100 per day to cover the cost of meals.

Delegates receive allowances to meet the cost of travel.

drive up, increase, push up

Inflation is pushing up the cost of living.

bring down, cut, decrease, drive down, lower, reduce, slash
keep down
estimate, put

I would put the cost of a new employee at $80 000 a year.

calculate, work out

You can spread the cost of your loan repayment over 10 years.

share, subsidize
escalate, go up, increase, rise, soar

The cost of dental treatment is increasing.

fall, go down
reduction, savings

the pursuit of cost reduction

containment (AmE), control

There were cost overruns on each project.


It is essential that we operate with the lowest possible cost base and most efficient facilities.

at a cost of

A new computer system has been installed at a cost of £80 000.

cost to

The cost to the government will be quite high.

an increase in cost, a reduction in cost
at great cost, at a great cost to sth

The victory was achieved at great cost to the country's infrastrucure.

at minimal cost, at a minimal cost to sth

Now people can access the Internet at minimal cost.

at no extra cost

The hotel offers tea and coffee at no extra cost.

the cost of living

The cost of living has risen sharply in the last year.

cost per day, unit, child, etc.

the cost per day for an electrician

2 costs money needed to run a business, home, etc.
considerable, enormous, great, high, huge
escalating, increasing, rising, soaring, spiralling/spiraling

We have had to raise our prices because of rising costs.

administration, administrative, borrowing, construction, development, fuel, labour/labor, maintenance, manufacturing, production, research

research and development costs

operating, running
shipping, transport (esp. BrE), transportation (esp. AmE), travel
health-care, medical
fixed, variable (business)

Fixed costs include rent.


The corporation will pay all costs and expenses incurred.

bring down, cut, lower, reduce

The company has to find ways of cutting costs.

control, keep down, minimize

The use of cheap materials helped to keep costs down.


We're hoping that we'll at least cover costs at the conference.

recoup, recover
be associated, be involved

the costs associated with buying and selling property

escalate, go up, increase, rise, soar

The company's costs have risen over the last 5 years.

3 effort/loss/damage to achieve sth
considerable, enormous, great, heavy, huge

They advanced a few hundred yards, but at a heavy cost in life.

dreadful, terrible

the terrible cost of the war in death and suffering

real, true
environmental, financial, human, personal, political, social

the environmental cost of nuclear power


Do the benefits outweigh the costs?

suffer (esp. AmE)

The country has suffered the enormous cost of trade sanctions.


The town is now counting the cost of its failure to provide adequate flood protection.

at cost (to), at a cost (to)

He worked non-stop for three months, at considerable cost to his health.

The raid was foiled, but at a cost: an injured officer who was lucky to survive.

at the cost of

She saved him from the fire but at the cost of her own life.

cost in

I felt a need to please people, whatever the cost in time and energy.

costs and benefits

the costs and benefits of this strategy

at all costs, at any cost

You must stop the press finding out at all costs.

to your cost

He's a ruthless businessman, as I know to my cost (= I know from my own bad experience).

4 costs in a court case
court (AmE), legal

Both sides incurred costs of over $50 000.


He was fined £200 and ordered to pay costs.

be awarded

If you win your case you will normally be awarded costs.

fully, properly

The project has not been properly costed yet.


The project was costed at €6 million.

Cost is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑fare, ↑premium, ↑repair, ↑ticket, ↑warranty, ↑work
Cost is used with these nouns as the object: ↑fortune, ↑freedom, ↑life, ↑money, ↑sum

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