verb ex·pend \ik-ˈspend\

: to use or spend (something)

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

Full Definition of EXPEND

transitive verb
:  to pay out :  spend <the social services upon which public revenue is expended — J. A. Hobson>
:  to make use of for a specific purpose :  utilize <projects on which they expended great energy>; also :  use up
ex·pend·er noun

Examples of EXPEND

  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
EXPENDER Defined for Kids


verb ex·pend \ik-ˈspend\

Definition of EXPEND for Kids

:  to pay out :  spend
:  to use up <He expended a lot of energy.>


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