Definition of expend in English:


Line breaks: ex¦pend
Pronunciation: /ɪkˈspɛnd
, ɛk-/


[with object]
Spend or use up (a resource such as money or energy): the energy expended in sport could be directed into other areas
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  • 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.
spend, pay out, lay out, disburse, dole out, get through, go through; lavish, squander, waste, fritter (away), dissipate, spend like water, throw around like confetti
informal fork out, shell out, dish out, cough up, blow, splurge, pour/throw down the drain, spend money as if it grows on trees, spend money as if there were no tomorrow, spend money as if it were going out of style/fashion
British informal splash out, stump up, blue
North American informal ante up, pony up
use up, use, utilize, make use of, consume, eat up, deplete, drain, sap; exhaust, empty, get through, go through, finish off


late Middle English: from Latin expendere, from ex- 'out' + pendere 'weigh, pay'. Compare with spend.

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