expend

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verb ex·pend \ik-ˈspend\

Definition of expend

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to pay out :  spend the social services upon which public revenue is expended — J. A. Hobson

  3. 2 :  to make use of for a specific purpose :  utilize projects on which they expended great energy; also :  use up

expender

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Examples of expend in a Sentence

  1. Are we willing to expend the time and resources required to solve the problem?

  2. redecoration will have to wait, since we've just expended our last dollar in buying the house

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Origin and Etymology of expend

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


EXPEND Defined for English Language Learners

expend

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Definition of expend for English Language Learners

  • : to use or spend (something)

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


EXPEND Defined for Kids

expend

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verb ex·pend \ik-ˈspend\

Definition of expend for Students

expended

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expending

  1. 1 :  to pay out :  spend

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



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