[ ik-spend ]
/ ɪkˈspɛnd /

verb (used with object)

to use up: She expended energy, time, and care on her work.
to pay out; disburse; spend.

Nearby words

  1. expel,
  2. expellant,
  3. expellee,
  4. expeller,
  5. expellers,
  6. expendable,
  7. expenditure,
  8. expense,
  9. expense account,
  10. expenses

Origin of expend

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin expendere to weigh out, lay out, pay

Related forms
Can be confusedexpand expend (see synonym study at expand)

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/ (ɪkˈspɛnd) /

verb (tr)

to spend; disburse
to consume or use up
Derived Formsexpender, noun

Word Origin for expend

C15: from Latin expendere, from pendere to weigh

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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.

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