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verb (used with object)
  1. to use up: She expended energy, time, and care on her work.
  2. to pay out; disburse; spend.
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Origin of expend

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin expendere to weigh out, lay out, pay
Related formsex·pend·er, nouno·ver·ex·pend, verbpre·ex·pend, verb (used with object)un·ex·pend·ed, adjectivewell-ex·pend·ed, adjective
Can be confusedexpand expend (see synonym study at expand)


1. consume, empty. See spend.
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Examples from the Web for unexpended

Historical Examples

  • No one at the moment is concerned about the unexpended portion of his ration.

    A Padre in France

    George A. Birmingham

  • The weight of the unexpended blow carried Dupont off his feet.

    Red Masquerade

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • My nerves were tense; they rang taut with unexpended energy.

  • Interest allowed on unexpended balances was credited to his personal account.

  • Wages are paid to the men as at Merxplas, and the unexpended balance is handed to them on discharge.

    The Vagrancy Problem.

    William Harbutt Dawson

British Dictionary definitions for unexpended


verb (tr)
  1. to spend; disburse
  2. to consume or use up
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Derived Formsexpender, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin expendere, from pendere to weigh
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Word Origin and History for unexpended



early 15c., from Latin expendere "pay out, weigh out money," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + pendere "to pay, weigh" (see pendant). Related: Expended; expending.

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