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
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
I don't think a first-class ticket is worth the added expense.
The annual fee is simply an expense of doing business.
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
Definition of expense
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
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