- Spend or use up (a resource such as money or energy): the energy expended in sport could be directed into other areasMore example sentences
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/fashionuse up, use, utilize, make use of, consume, eat up, deplete, drain, sap; exhaust, empty, get through, go through, finish off
- 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.