[ ik-spens ]
/ ɪkˈspɛns /
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.
verb (used with object), ex·pensed, ex·pens·ing.
to charge or write off as an expense.
verb (used without object), ex·pensed, ex·pens·ing.
to be expensed.
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Idioms for expense
at the expense of, at the sacrifice of; to the detriment of: quantity at the expense of quality.
Origin of expense
1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin expēnsa, noun use of feminine of expēnsus, past participle of expendere to expend
OTHER WORDS FROM expenseex·pense·less, adjectivepre·ex·pense, noun
Words nearby expense
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British Dictionary definitions for expensed
/ (ɪkˈspɛns) /
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 upkeepthe car was more of an expense than he had expected
at the expense of to the detriment ofhe succeeded at the expense of his health
(tr) US and Canadian to treat as an expense for book-keeping or tax purposes
Word Origin for expense
C14: from Late Latin expēnsa, from Latin expēnsus weighed out; see expend
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Idioms and Phrases with expensed
see at the expense of; go to the trouble (expense); money (expense) is no object.
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