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1expense

noun ex·pense \ik-ˈspen(t)s\

: the amount of money that is needed to pay for or buy something

: an amount of money that must be spent especially regularly to pay for something

: something on which money is spent

Full Definition of EXPENSE

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>

Examples of EXPENSE

  1. I don't think a first-class ticket is worth the added expense.
  2. The annual fee is simply an expense of doing business.
  3. A new car is a major expense.

Origin of EXPENSE

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Late Latin; Anglo-French, from Late Latin expensa, from Latin, feminine of expensus, past participle of expendere
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Economics Terms

actuary, compound interest, globalization, indemnity, portfolio, rentier, stagflation, usurer

2expense

verb
ex·pensedex·pens·ing

Definition of EXPENSE

transitive verb
1
:  to charge with expenses
2
a :  to charge to an expense account
b :  to write off as an expense

First Known Use of EXPENSE

circa 1909

Other Economics Terms

actuary, compound interest, globalization, indemnity, portfolio, rentier, stagflation, usurer
EXPENSE Defined for Kids

expense

noun ex·pense \ik-ˈspens\

Definition of EXPENSE for Kids

1
:  something spent or required to be spent :  cost
2
:  a cause for spending <A car can be a great expense.>

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