Quick answer
"Cost" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "costar", and "price" is a noun which is often translated as "el precio". Learn more about the difference between "cost" and "price" below.
cost(
kast
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to be valued at)
a. costar
The computer costs $2,000.La computadora cuesta $2,000.
b. valer
How much do these shoes cost?¿Cuánto valen estos zapatos?
2. (to cause to lose)
a. costar
Your mistakes are costing us our reputation.Tus errores nos cuestan la reputación.
3. (commerce)
a. calcular el costo de
I'd like you to cost the whole project.Quisiera que calcularas el costo de todo el proyecto.
b. presupuestar
I need a new gate. Could you cost it?Necesito un portón nuevo. ¿Me lo puede presupuestar?
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (price)
a. el costo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
The cost of beans went up this fall.El costo de los frijoles subió este otoño.
b. el coste
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Labor costs rose 1.5% in the second quarter of last year.Los costes laborales subieron 1,5% en el segundo trimestre del año pasado.
c. el precio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The cost of oil has gone down.El precio del petróleo ha bajado.
5.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(disadvantage)
a. el costo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The benefits of the deal outweigh the costs.Los beneficios del negocio superan los costos.
costs
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
6. (legal)
a. las costas
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The plaintiff was ordered to pay costs. El demandante fue condenado a pagar las costas.
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price(
prays
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (value)
a. el precio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The price of gas keeps rising.El precio de la gasolina sigue aumentando.
2. (unwelcome consequence)
a. el precio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
That is the price you pay for saying nothing.Ese es el precio que pagas por no decir nada.
3. (bounty)
a. el precio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The sheriff put a price on the bandit's head.El sheriff le puso precio a la cabeza del bandido.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to fix the price of)
a. ponerle un precio a
We decided to price the books below our main competitor.Decidimos ponerle un precio a los libros por debajo del de nuestro competidor principal.
b. etiquetear
The tickets are not correctly priced.Los boletos no están bien etiquetados.
5. (to place value on)
a. valorar
The agent priced the trip at $500.El agente valoró el viaje a $500.
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