- to use up: She expended energy, time, and care on her work.
- to pay out; disburse; spend.
Origin of expend
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin expendere to weigh out, lay out, pay
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1. consume, empty. See spend.
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The whole of the money, not expended for us at market, was two-pence a week for each man.Self-Help
Much ingenuity has been expended in combining the Sofa and Bedstead.
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They were not times when much powder was expended un-profitably.Maurice Tiernay Soldier of Fortune
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During the past ten years $300,000 have been raised and expended.
- to spend; disburse
- to consume or use up
C15: from Latin expendere, from pendere to weigh
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Word Origin and History for expended
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