ex·​pend ik-ˈspend How to pronounce expend (audio)
expended; expending; expends

transitive verb

: to pay out : spend
the social services upon which public revenue is expendedJ. A. Hobson
: to make use of for a specific purpose : utilize
projects on which they expended great energy
also : use up
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
Recent Examples on the Web Funds shall be expended during the year they were approved. Tammy Murga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 June 2024 Buildings account for about 30% of economy-wide emissions due to the fossil fuels expended to complete simple tasks such as cooking, laundry and cooling and heating homes, according to the International Energy Agency, an intergovernmental organization. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 5 June 2024 Federal American Rescue Plan Act dollars must be expended by Dec. 31, 2026. Lia Russell, Baltimore Sun, 11 Apr. 2024 There’s no doubt that exercise can better your health, but cardio workouts and circuit training aren’t the only activities during which your body expends energy and burns calories. Maggie O'Neill, Verywell Health, 28 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for expend 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of expend was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Expend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expend. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


ex·​pend ik-ˈspend How to pronounce expend (audio)
: to pay out : spend
expend state funds
: use up
expend energy

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