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verb (used with object)
  1. to use up: She expended energy, time, and care on her work.
  2. to pay out; disburse; spend.
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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)

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1. consume, empty. See spend.
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Related Words for expended

consume, dispense, disburse, dissipate, blow, splurge, finish, give, pay, distribute, employ, outlay

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verb (tr)
  1. to spend; disburse
  2. to consume or use up
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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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