- charges incurred during a business assignment or trip.
- money paid as reimbursement for such charges: to receive a salary and expenses.
verb (used with object), ex·pensed, ex·pens·ing.
verb (used without object), ex·pensed, ex·pens·ing.
Origin of expense
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Contemporary Examples of expense
As might be expected, this comes at the expense of narrative.Bayonetta Is Nintendo’s Graphic, Ass-Kicking Barbie
October 24, 2014
But the price of artistic freedom comes at the expense of professional protection.Reconsidering Renée Zellweger: Forever a Hollywood-Pretty Character Actress
October 23, 2014
Unfortunately, that gamble was at the expense of Miss America's supposed mission.The Real Housewives of Miss America
September 21, 2014
The FDNY spot on the JTTF was among the items deemed no longer worth the expense in a time of budget cuts.The Flying New York Fireman Who Shined on 9/11
September 11, 2014
One of the reasons for this is because of its expense — only the very wealthy could afford, or were allowed, to wear red.Scarlet Is the New Black
August 31, 2014
Historical Examples of expense
It is computed that the expense would not exceed a million and a half sterling.
Mr. Disraeli was severely sarcastic at the expense of the government.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
You know, and yet you'll take your happiness at the poor child's expense.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
When had Nimble Dick lost an opportunity for fun at the expense of another?Ester Ried Yet Speaking
They telegraphed from New York that we were to spare no expense; and we haven't.In the Midst of Alarms
Word Origin for expense
late 14c., from Anglo-French expense, Old French espense "money provided for expenses," from Late Latin expensa "disbursement, outlay, expense," noun use of neuter plural past participle of Latin expendere "to weigh out money, to pay down" (see expend).
Latin spensa also yielded Medieval Latin spe(n)sa, whose sense specialized to "outlay for provisions," then "provisions, food," which was borrowed into Old High German as spisa and is the root of German Speise "food," now mostly meaning prepared food, and speisen "to eat."
1909, from expense (n.). Related: Expensed; expensing.
see at the expense of; go to the trouble (expense); money (expense) is no object.