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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Other organizations in the Biden universe behave similarly, expending much of their income on staff salaries and little on their ostensible function. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "No Joe!," 10 June 2019 Single Geminis shouldn't expend too much of their energy or fret over their encounters with love interests. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week," 9 June 2019 Deschamps’s players let Belgium burn itself out, deprived it first of hope, and then of life, all the while not expending a drop of energy more than was strictly necessary. Rory Smith, New York Times, "France, With Flash to Spare, Reaches the World Cup Final," 11 July 2018 Once their torpedoes were expended, Kairyus would have then rammed allied ships. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "In the Last Days of World War II, Japan Fielded a Fleet of Kamikaze Mini-Subs," 11 Feb. 2019 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'expend.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about expend

Statistics for expend

Last Updated

15 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for expend

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for expend

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.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on expend

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with expend

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for expend

Spanish Central: Translation of expend

Nglish: Translation of expend for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of expend for Arabic Speakers

Comments on expend

What made you want to look up expend? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

having a desire to acquire more things

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!