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
Recent Examples on the Web Ask this: Should a Dolphins team that didn’t draft Jackson for fear of injury expend it’s expected top-10 pick on Tua, considering his history of injuries? Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde: Twenty-two-for-Tua should be Dolphins’ offseason draft refrain | Commentary," 6 Dec. 2019 Meanwhile, Google is hosting Your Plan, Your Planet and providing tips on how to waste less food and water, recycle your clothes and household items, and expend less energy to power your life. Anabel Pasarow, refinery29.com, "Earth Day Is Remote This Year — But You Can Still Participate Online," 22 Apr. 2020 The Warrior who took the greatest physical pounding over the past five seasons, who expended the most emotional energy, was the one who got left off the traveling squad to Italy. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Draymond Green missed out on the Warriors’ virtual Italian vaca," 8 Mar. 2020 With the electrical aids, the animals swam at nearly three times the speed of normal jellies while expending only twice as much energy. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "Bionic jellyfish can swim three times faster," 31 Jan. 2020 But, in truth, his television work was not only an honorable way of supporting a family but also a way of expending his limitless energy—and, to be sure, satisfying his keen need for approval. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Clive James Got It Right," 30 Nov. 2019 Still expending sweat, despite a lead that had ballooned to 23. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Aztecs season has chance to be defined by unflappable freshman McDaniels," 9 Jan. 2018 Low-cost projects sometimes don't require expending the $2,500 maximum. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Brook Park plans to offer home maintenance grants again this year," 16 Mar. 2020 Commissioners voted unanimously to expend $25,000 as part of the agreement. Tribune Media Services, al, "Limestone County settles part of lawsuit by former sheriff’s employee who alleged sexual assault," 8 Jan. 2020

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

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17 May 2020

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“Expend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expend. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of expend

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


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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