- 1The cost required for something; the money spent on something: we had ordered suits at great expense the committee does not expect members to be put to any expenseMore example sentences
- The only new expense incurred would be the cost of walkie-talkies for the official and the technical advisor.
- The attempt to recover costs had simply incurred further public expense on both sides.
- They have to do so at their own expense as the cost of living increases.
- 1.1 (expenses) The costs incurred in the performance of one’s job or a specific task, especially one undertaken for another person: his hotel and travel expensesMore example sentences
- Anything above that is insurance premium tax, office costs, marketing expenses and commission for sellers.
- How is it logical to spend the same amount in transport expenses as it would cost to keep the factory open?
- They finally had enough revenues to cover their fixed costs and marketing expenses.
- 1.2A thing on which one is required to spend money: tolls are a daily expenseMore example sentences
- There was a subsidy to assist farmers, but with the rising cost of electricity this expense was still a major burden.
- Any normal expense incurred in the day-to-day operations of the company falls under this category.
verb[with object] (usually be expensed) Back to top
- Offset (an item of expenditure) as an expense against taxable income.More example sentences
- Anecdotal evidence suggests a growing number of Old Economy companies are moving away from stock options to restricted stock, which must be expensed on the income statement.
- They must be expensed through the income statement, because the future benefits of such investments are so uncertain.
- Compensation cost arising from the issuance of stock options may be expensed or capitalized in the same way as cash compensation.
at someone's expense
- Paid for by someone: the document was printed at the taxpayer’s expenseMore example sentences
- A private company, subsidised by the taxpayer, is given a license to print money at our expense.
- These privileged persons arrive with families and hangers-on in helicopters, which land them at a helipad near the Park entrance, all at the taxpayer's expense.
- Politicians last night dismissed suggestions that a new service giving MPs special access to a London medical centre was queue-jumping at the taxpayer's expense.
- With someone as the victim, especially of a joke: my friends all had a good laugh at my expenseMore example sentences
- Dan had made a joke at my expense and everyone was laughing.
- He seemed to be laughing himself silly at some of the jokes at his expense, but it may be that he's a good enough actor to fake enjoyment.
- He used the opportunity to joke at the city 's expense.
at the expense of
- So as to cause harm to or neglect of: the pursuit of profit at the expense of the environment language courses that emphasize communication skills at the expense of literatureMore example sentences
- Discouraging access seems to provide minimal benefits at the expense of very poor public relations.
- Why do we spend so much on things that give us tiny increases in comfort at the expense of so many other people?
- The strategy may have been to go for turnover growth at the expense of profit margins.
late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, alteration of Old French espense, from late Latin expensa (pecunia) '(money) spent', from Latin expendere 'pay out' (see expend).