Simple Definition of expend
: to use or spend (something)
: to use (time, energy, effort, etc.) for a particular purpose
Examples of expend
Are we willing to expend the time and resources required to solve the problem?
<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
Rhymes with expend
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