- 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.
- expense account,
Origin of expense
Examples from the Web for expense
As might be expected, this comes at the expense of narrative.Bayonetta Is Nintendo’s Graphic, Ass-Kicking Barbie|Alec Kubas-Meyer|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the price of artistic freedom comes at the expense of professional protection.Reconsidering Renée Zellweger: Forever a Hollywood-Pretty Character Actress|Teo Bugbee|October 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Unfortunately, that gamble was at the expense of Miss America's supposed mission.
The FDNY spot on the JTTF was among the items deemed no longer worth the expense in a time of budget cuts.
One of the reasons for this is because of its expense — only the very wealthy could afford, or were allowed, to wear red.
The books will show what Eileen has drawn monthly for her expense budget.Her Father's Daughter|Gene Stratton-Porter
At an expense for material, I should think, of $7,400 in all to cover the enterprise.The Crime of the Century|Henry M. Hunt
Loughshane, according to Barrington Erle, was so small a place, that the expense would be very little.Phineas Finn|Anthony Trollope
Lincoln was especially fond of a joke at the expense of some high military or civil dignitary.The Every-day Life of Abraham Lincoln|Francis Fisher Browne
In this estimate the expense of letters by the post, and of journeys made by the parties, is not and cannot be included.Imaginary Conversations and Poems|Walter Savage Landor
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.