expend

verb
ex·pend | \ik-ˈspend \
expended; expending; expends

Definition of expend 

transitive verb

1 : to pay out : spend the social services upon which public revenue is expended— J. A. Hobson

2 : to make use of for a specific purpose : utilize projects on which they expended great energy also : use up

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Other Words from expend

expender noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for expend

Synonyms

absorb, burn, consume, deplete, devour, drain, draw down, exhaust, play out, spend, use up

Antonyms

renew, replace

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Examples of expend in a Sentence

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

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When the platforms were placed far apart, Kim jumped in a high arc — landing with less precision but expending less energy in the effort. Amanda Campanaro /, NBC News, "Why scientists trained this tiny spider to jump on command," 13 May 2018 The results of the REE would yield the number of calories an individual expended at rest - approximately 65% of the calories burned in a 24-hour period. NOLA.com, "Optimum Performance: What you eat before training and competition matters," 13 Apr. 2018 One of Porcari’s studies found that the average boot-camper expended about 10 calories per minute during the training—not quite as much as someone would burn running at a fast pace, but about as much as one would while cycling or swimming. Markham Heid, Time, "The Scientific Reason Boot Camp Workouts Are So Good For You," 2 Apr. 2018 While Kelly didn’t exactly use his three-tight end personnel package very much, the decision to expend a second-round selection on Ertz was a sound one. Jeff Mclane, Philly.com, "Eagles second-round draft pick Dallas Goedert and Zach Ertz could be a mismatch nightmare," 28 Apr. 2018 Work on the Westside tunneling contract will not begin until federal transportation officials send a letter verifying that Metro will still be eligible for low-interest loans and federal grants if local funds are expended before a deal is signed. Laura J. Nelson, latimes.com, "Metro picks a contractor to dig the Wilshire subway tunnels through West L.A.," 29 June 2018 Because SpaceX has no plans to fly Friday's booster again, it will be expended into the ocean. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX has flown its last Block 4 version of the Falcon 9 rocket [Updated]," 28 June 2018 In my little town, more than half of the overall budget is expended on education. BostonGlobe.com, "Should Massachusetts eliminate tuition and mandatory fees for in-state students at its public colleges and universities?," 8 June 2018 There are two reasons why Facebook would expend so much time and energy catering to conservatives. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Why Facebook Is Desperate for Conservative Allies," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of expend

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for expend

Middle English, from Latin expendere to weigh out, expend, from ex- + pendere to weigh — more at spin

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expend

verb

English Language Learners Definition of expend

: to use or spend (something)

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

expend

verb
ex·pend | \ik-ˈspend \
expended; expending

Kids Definition of expend

1 : to pay out : spend

2 : to use up He expended a lot of energy.

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