- 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.
- at the expense of, at the sacrifice of; to the detriment of: quantity at the expense of quality.
Origin of expense
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Examples from the Web for expenses
Along with a spreadsheet logging weapons purchases and other expenses, investigators found two documents.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country
January 6, 2015
All of us can support groups that pay for school fees and other expenses of girls denied an education due to poverty.Promoting Girls’ Education Isn’t Enough: Malala Can Do More
December 9, 2014
Fortunately, Pomplamoose made some money to offset some of these expenses.How Much Money Does a Band Really Make on Tour?
December 8, 2014
At the beginning of each week, she makes a list of expenses her paycheck will have to cover that week.Care Providers Fight for $15 and a Union
Jasmin Almodovar, Shirley Thompson
December 5, 2014
"I thought we should eliminate the office and save the state" what he estimates is $1 million in annual expenses.How to Run a Statewide Campaign on $38
November 12, 2014
So called from its habit of adding funeral outlays to the other expenses of living.The Devil's Dictionary
There were expenses of undeniable utility—the roads, ports, and railways.
But, after all, what are the receipts and expenses of the Holy See?
All my errors, all my expenses, have been with and upon women.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
I agree to pay my share of the expenses, and to accept one-third of the profits.'A Woman Intervenes
- 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 and History for expenses
"charges incurred in the discharge of duty," late 14c. See expense (n.).
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.