verb (used with object)

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
Related formsex·pend·er, nouno·ver·ex·pend, verbpre·ex·pend, verb (used with object)un·ex·pend·ed, adjectivewell-ex·pend·ed, adjective
Can be confusedexpand expend (see synonym study at expand)

Synonyms for expend

1. consume, empty. See spend.
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Examples from the Web for expended

Contemporary Examples of expended

  • He could have expended political capital in calling for the end of "too big to fail."

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  • When the full budget has been expended, Gloe must refresh the users budget before another recommendation can be made.

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  • Daschle has expended much time and effort to correct the impression that he torpedoed a public health-care option—up to a point.

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Historical Examples of expended

British Dictionary definitions for expended


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 expended



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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