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expend

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verb ex·pend \ik-ˈspend\

Simple Definition of expend

  • : to use or spend (something)

  • : to use (time, energy, effort, etc.) for a particular purpose

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of expend

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to pay out :  spend <the social services upon which public revenue is expended — J. A. Hobson>

  3. 2 :  to make use of for a specific purpose :  utilize <projects on which they expended great energy>; also :  use up

expender noun

Examples of expend in a sentence

  1. Are we willing to expend the time and resources required to solve the problem?

  2. <redecoration will have to wait, since we've just expended our last dollar in buying the house>



Origin of expend

Middle English, from Latin expendere to weigh out, expend, from ex- + pendere to weigh — more at spin


First Known Use: 15th century


EXPEND Defined for Kids

expend

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verb ex·pend \ik-ˈspend\

Definition of expend for Students

expendedexpending

  1. 1 :  to pay out :  spend

  2. 2 :  to use up <He expended a lot of energy.>





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