Basic+ Word of the Day: cost

cost (noun, verb) /past tense: cost/ LISTEN

It cost a lot of money!

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.

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