1. plural noun
The running costs
of a business are the amount of money that is regularly spent on things such as salaries,
heating, lighting, and rent.
The aim is to cut running costs by £90 million per year.
2. plural noun
The running costs of a device such as a heater or a fridge are the amount of money that you spend on
the gas, electricity, or other type of energy that it uses.
Always buy a heater with thermostat control to save on running costs.
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