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expense

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noun ex·pense \ik-ˈspen(t)s\

Simple Definition of expense

  • : 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. 1 archaic :  the act or an instance of expending :  expenditure

  2. 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. 3 :  a cause or occasion of expenditure <an estate is a great expense>

  4. 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


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expense

verb ex·pense

Definition of expense

ex·pensedex·pens·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to charge with expenses

  3. 2 a :  to charge to an expense account b :  to write off as an expense



Circa 1909

First Known Use of expense

circa 1909



EXPENSE Defined for Kids

expense

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noun ex·pense \ik-ˈspens\

Definition of expense

  1. 1 :  something spent or required to be spent :  cost

  2. 2 :  a cause for spending <A car can be a great expense.>





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