cost or charge: the expense of a good meal.
a cause or occasion of spending: A car can be a great expense.
the act of expending; expenditure.
charges incurred during a business assignment or trip.
money paid as reimbursement for such charges: to receive a salary and expenses.
to charge or write off as an expense.
to be expensed.
Idioms about expense
at the expense of, at the sacrifice of; to the detriment of: quantity at the expense of quality.
- ex·pense·less, adjective
- pre·ex·pense, noun
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How to use expense in a sentence
The company says it has increased its revenues by 250% across 2020, while at the same time managing to keep its operating expenses flat.Loadsmart raises $90 million to further consolidate its one-stop freight and logistics platform | Darrell Etherington | November 20, 2020 | TechCrunch
In both Oklahoma City and Houston, Westbrook’s success has often come at the expense of his teammates.NBA free agency tracker (plus trades): Warriors acquire Kelly Oubre; 76ers trade Al Horford to Thunder | Ben Golliver | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Throw in employee salaries, overhead, and marketing expenses—which Vixio said can make up over 50% of overall revenue alone—and online sports gambling just isn’t a moneymaking business at this point.Free money, big addictions: Inside the booming world of online sports betting | Brett Haensel | November 15, 2020 | Fortune
They have little choice but to eat the cost, drop certain prescriptions or pass the expense along.Patients struggle to access prescription opioids after New York tax drives away suppliers | lbelanger225 | November 15, 2020 | Fortune
It’s that we will focus on individual, behavioral problems at the expense of wider, structural solutions.
British Dictionary definitions for expense
a particular payment of money; expenditure
money needed for individual purchases; cost; charge
(plural) incidental money spent in the performance of a job, commission, etc, usually reimbursed by an employer or allowable against tax
something requiring money for its purchase or upkeep: the car was more of an expense than he had expected
at the expense of to the detriment of: he succeeded at the expense of his health
(tr) US and Canadian to treat as an expense for book-keeping or tax purposes
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Other Idioms and Phrases with expense
see at the expense of; go to the trouble (expense); money (expense) is no object.
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