expend

verb ex·pend \ ik-ˈspend \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

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

expender

noun

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 Synonyms


EXPEND Defined for English Language Learners

expend

verb

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

verb ex·pend \ ik-ˈspend \

Definition of expend for Students

expended; expending
1 :to pay out :spend
2 :to use up
  • He expended a lot of energy.


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