Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[ik-spend] /ɪkˈspɛnd/
verb (used with object)
to use up:
She expended energy, time, and care on her work.
to pay out; disburse; spend.
Origin of expend
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin expendere to weigh out, lay out, pay
Related forms
expender, noun
overexpend, verb
preexpend, verb (used with object)
unexpended, adjective
well-expended, adjective
Can be confused
expand, expend (see synonym study at expand)
1. consume, empty. See spend. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for expend
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • God alone is in the secret of the energy we expend upon our occult triumphs over man, over things, over ourselves.

    The Vicar of Tours Honore de Balzac
  • But do you suppose I am willing to expend what has been saved through your economy?

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • But, with a persistency that was exasperatingalarmingthe storm continued to expend its fury.

    Don Hale with the Flying Squadron W. Crispin Sheppard
  • I should have fired oftener, but was unwilling to expend more of my powder.

    In the Wilds of Florida W.H.G. Kingston
  • Shall we then take that which might relieve them, and expend it in procuring conveniences, elegancies, and luxuries for ourselves?

    Thoughts on Missions Sheldon Dibble
  • The men were therefore ordered not to expend a single shot uselessly.

    Our Soldiers W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for expend


verb (transitive)
to spend; disburse
to consume or use up
Derived Forms
expender, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin expendere, from pendere to weigh
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for expend

early 15c., from Latin expendere "pay out, weigh out money," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + pendere "to pay, weigh" (see pendant). Related: Expended; expending.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for expend

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for expend

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for expend