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expense

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Pronunciation: /ɪkˈspɛns
 
, ɛk-/

Definition of expense in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1The cost incurred in or required for something: conference rooms were equipped at great expense book into the best hotel you can find and hang the expense
More 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.
Synonyms
charge, outlay, fee, tariff, toll, levy, payment, amount, rate, figure
informal , humorous damage
1.1 (expenses) The costs incurred in the performance of one’s job or a specific task: his hotel and travel expenses
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  • 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.
1.2 [count noun] A thing on which one is required to spend money: tolls are a daily expense
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  • 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.
Synonyms
outgoing, payment, outlay, disbursement, expenditure, charge, bill, overhead;
(expenses)incidentals

verb

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1Offset (an item of expenditure) as an expense against taxable income: up to $17,500 in capital expenditures can be expensed in the year they were incurred
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  • 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.
1.1 informal Charge (something) to an expense account: I can expense the refreshments
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  • Just try expensing your work calls, what a hassle.
  • He was in the neighbourhood on work anyway, so he took a side-trip to a nice place to golf, expensed it, and then repaid the expenses later on.
  • If this person is now officially a ‘friend,’ stop expensing those meals and coffees.

Origin

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).

Phrases

at someone's expense

1
Paid for by someone: the document was printed at the taxpayer’s expense
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  • 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.
1.1With someone as the victim, especially of a joke: my friends all had a good laugh at my expense
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  • 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

2
So as to cause harm to or neglect of: the pursuit of profit at the expense of the environment
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  • 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.
Synonyms
sacrifice, cost, loss

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