Commentary: The amount of money, labor, or time required to attain goods and services.
The cost of living is way too high!
I got this set of knives for the low, low cost of $19.95.
Microsoft lowered the marginal unit cost for its products.
The cost of this sweater is too high for me.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 1
Commentary: The amount that something is worth, or the value that it has accumulated. This is a rare usage.
I've never calculated the cost of my stamp collection, but I'm sure it would sell for a lot of money.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 2
Commentary: The value of something, as measured by what must be sacrificed, done, or undergone to obtain it. Does not refer to money, labor, or time.
I survived the experience at the cost of my dignity.
If the United States invaded Canada, the cost in human lives would be enormous.
John paid a terrible emotional cost for his love of Mary.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 3