expense
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French or Late Latin; Anglo-French, from Late Latin expensa, from Latin, feminine of expensus, past participle of expendere Date: 14th century 1. archaic the act or an instance of expending ; expenditure 2. a. something expended to secure a benefit or bring about a result b. financial burden or outlay ; cost <
built the monument at their own expense
>
c. an item of business outlay chargeable against revenue for a specific period 3. a cause or occasion of expenditure <
an estate is a great expense
>
4. a loss, detriment, or embarrassment that results from some action or gain ; sacrifice <
everyone had a good laugh at my expense
>
— usually used in the phrase at the expense of <
develop a boy's physique at the expense of his intelligence — Bertrand Russell
>
II. transitive verb (expensed; expensing) Date: circa 1909 1. to charge with expenses 2. a. to charge to an expense account b. to write off as an expense

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