Spend or use up (a resource such as money, time, or energy): we do not need to expend energy working on our marriage
More example sentences
- Massachusetts enjoyed a qualified success with its militia by expending money and energy on the effort.
- SInce the country has not yet become self-reliant in terms of energy, it still expends vast sums of money protecting energy supplies.
- Mostly, I am bitter that I spent so much time expending emotional energy towards ills that only existed in his mind.
late Middle English: from Latin expendere, from ex- 'out' + pendere 'weigh, pay'. Compare with spend.