- 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 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|Jacob Siegel|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Paula Kweskin|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Fortunately, Pomplamoose made some money to offset some of these expenses.
At the beginning of each week, she makes a list of expenses her paycheck will have to cover that week.
"I thought we should eliminate the office and save the state" what he estimates is $1 million in annual expenses.
That these expenses have at times been extravagant and disproportionate is very probable.A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents,|Edited by James D. Richardson
I have no more than will be absolutely necessary for my expenses home.Anecdotes for Boys|Harvey Newcomb
The church has no endowment, and the clergy are maintained and the expenses met out of the pew-rents and offertories.The Church Index|William Pepperell
Each division has its stables, teams, and implements, and its expenses and profits are entered in a separate account.
It shows marked economy and gives an excellent idea of how the expenses are apportioned.Steam Shovels and Steam Shovel Work|E. A. Hermann
Word Origin for expense
"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.
see at the expense of; go to the trouble (expense); money (expense) is no object.