cost (noun, verb) /past tense: cost/ LISTEN
The cost of something is how much money you have to pay for it.
- Can you tell me the final cost?
If something costs some money, it means that you have to pay that money to buy it.
- This shirt costs $20.
If something costs you something, it means that you lose that thing because of it.
- He worked 12 hours a day and it cost him his health.
In pop culture
Do you know the song “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” by J-Lo? In the song, the singer says that she doesn’t want her boyfriend to buy her lots of things. She only wants his love. Listen for these words: “Give me all the things I need that money can’t buy.”
There are other meanings of cost.