transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Latin expendere to weigh out, expend, from ex- + pendere to weigh — more at spin Date: 15th century 1. to pay out ; spend <
the social services upon which public revenue is expended — J. A. Hobson
2. to make use of for a specific purpose ; utilize <
projects on which they expended great energy
; also use upexpender noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Expend — Ex*pend , v. i. 1. To be laid out, used, or consumed. [1913 Webster] 2. To pay out or disburse money. [1913 Webster] They go elsewhere to enjoy and to expend. Macaulay . [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • expend — I (consume) verb apply, avail oneself of, burn, deplete, devour, dissipate, employ, exert, exhaust, finish, lessen, reduce, spend, turn to account, use, use up, waste II (disburse) verb allocate, allot, apportion, assign, bear the cost of, bear… …   Law dictionary

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  • expend — ex|pend [ıkˈspend] v [T] [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: expendere to weigh out, pay , from pendere to weigh ] to use or spend a lot of energy etc in order to do something expend energy/effort/time/resources etc ▪ People of different ages… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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