expend

verb
ex·​pend | \ ik-ˈspend How to pronounce expend (audio) \
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

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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Macron has expended perhaps more energy than other world leaders in working to build a constructive personal relationship with his unpredictable American counterpart, though Trudeau has long courted the U.S. president as well. Jackie Calmes, latimes.com, "Trump calls for Russia's reinstatement, adding to deep tensions with allies at G-7 summit," 8 June 2018 Coach Kevin Willard's team may have expended too much energy in rallying from 11 down with less than 10 minutes left to beat Butler on the road Saturday. USA TODAY, "Marquette takes down No. 13 Seton Hall 84-64," 9 Jan. 2018 Any early spending could pay dividends for the GOP in 2020, even if those efforts aren’t successful, forcing Democrats opponents to expend precious resources later in the campaign cycle to defend what should be safer Democratic states. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump campaign eyes chances to vie for states lost in 2016," 14 Apr. 2019 Baker, who is running for governor, expended considerable political capital on his quest to improve the school system, which enrolls more than 132,000 students. baltimoresun.com, "Prince George’s school chief Kevin Maxwell to step down," 2 May 2018 Shop Grill Cleaning Products If the grates are really dirty, soak them a second time to help soften and remove more gunk without expending extra elbow grease. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "All the BBQ Cleaning Tips You Need to Get Your Grill Ready for Summer," 5 Apr. 2019 Until Friday, police could easily acquire a set of data that would achieve what no team of officers previously could without expending significant human and financial resources. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Supreme Court surveillance opinion nudges us to think nationally, act locally," 24 June 2018 So much mental energy has been expended on money matters since early February, thanks to Mercury’s extended stay and retrograde in Pisces. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What April’s Aquarius Horoscope Means for You," 31 Mar. 2019 These new methods of photorespiration use alternate sets of promoters and genes, allowing plants to achieve the same results while expending far less energy. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Tweak Photosynthesis and Boost Crop Growth by 40 Percent," 4 Jan. 2019

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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

formal
: to use or spend (something)
: to use (time, energy, effort, etc.) for a particular purpose

expend

verb
ex·​pend | \ ik-ˈspend How to pronounce expend (audio) \
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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